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Case registered on Bahria Town’s complaint of blackmailing

Case registered on Bahria Town’s complaint of blackmailing

ISLAMABAD: The capital police on Monday registered a case against two former army officers and a property dealer on a complaint lodged by an employee of Bahria Town for allegedly blackmailing its chief Malik Riaz Hussain.

Police said the case was registered against retired Lt-Col Tariq Kamal, retired Colonel Khalid Rasheed and Dr Shafiqur Rehman under PPCs 384, 388, 506 and 109.

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The complaint was lodged by retired Lt-Col Khalilur Rehman, the personal staff officer of the Bahria Town chief, at the Lohi Baher police station on July 22, but for its registration Malik Riaz himself went to the police station.

Police said that after receiving the complaint it sought help from it prosecution department and its legal opinion which was yet to be received. But, the complainant later approached the court and submitted an application under CrPC 22-A to seek the court order for registration of the case.

According to the complainant, Tariq Kamal was blackmailing Bahria Town and Dr Shafiqur Rehman and Khalid Rasheed were his accomplices. He alleged that they blackmailed Bahria Town on different occasions and received huge amount of money, using the name of different influential people and threatened them with dire consequences.

Among the influential people whose names were used was Arsalan Iftikhar, a son of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the complainant added.

“On June 28, 2013, Tariq Kamal came to the office of Bahria Town and got Rs50million in his presence,” he said, adding that at that time he promised that in future he would not level a false allegation against Bharai Town and it chairman. Besides, he assured that applications submitted against Bahria Town at different departments would be withdrawn, the complainant said.

He stated that the event was recorded on CCTV cameras installed in the office.

Khalilur Rehman alleged that about 15 days ago Tariq Kamal had demanded another Rs50million and threatened that otherwise he would submit an application against Bahria Town and it chairman. Besides, he threatened to start pursuing the applications already submitted by him against the Bahria Town.

The complainant requested the police to register a case and recover the Rs50million paid to Tariq Kamal.

Some police officers and people close to Tariq Kamal told Dawn that he was once a project director of DHA Islamabad, a joint venture of DHA and Bahria Town.

Published in Dawn, July 28th, 2015

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