Ahad Cheema, a Grade 19 DMG Officer on Remand in NAB, Promoted to Grade 20

By Anahita Zurvan

In an ironic twist of events, but not the unexpected ones, Ahad Cheema, a grade 19 officer of DMG group has been promoted to grade 20 for all the alleged corruption he has committed. This promotion came his way  while he is serving 11-day remand in NAB since Thursday morning. Ahad cheema’s services will remain on the disposal of Punjab Government, according to the notification.

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Following notification has been issued in this regard.

National Accountability Bureau detained former Director General Lahore Development Authority, Ahad Cheema, in a raid from a clean water company office. Prior to the arrest, he was summoned by NAB to appear before the competent authority regarding corruption in Aashiyana Housing Scheme but he didn’t comply.

Ahad Cheema has been working on various development plans launched by Punjab Government and has been allegedly involved in heavy financial embezzlements. Bench comprising of Justice Ali Baqar Najafi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh are hearing the case. During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel, Azam Nazir Tarar, told that the NAB authorities had arrested his client on baseless charges of corruption in Ashiana-i-Iqbal housing scheme project.

Ahad Cheema never misused his authority as LDA’s head and was never in receipt of illegal gratification in the form of alleged 32 kanals land from one of the stakeholder companies of the said joint venture, said Tarar. Acquisition of the land, 32 kanals, was purely legal and was mentioned in the declaration of assets, Tarar further told the court.

Tarar further requested to declare the arrest of Cheema illegal as the entire case was politically motivated. Pertinent to point out here that Cheema is considered the right hand of PM Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif.  After the hearing of initial arguments, the NAB authorities were issued a notice for March 1 to reply.

It is important to note here that the administrative secretaries and divisional commissioners in Punjab have articulated great apprehension and unrest over the “humiliation and harassment” being meted out by the public servants in Punjab by unabashed misuse of NAB functionaries.

Here is the Resolution issued in this regard:

According to the notification, they are demanding federal and provincial governments to take strict measures to protect the rights and human dignity of public servants. They have also requested CJP, Mian Saqib Nisar, to take suo moto in this matter.