Retired General, former Air Marshal of Pakistan military allegedly involved in New Islamabad Airport corruption scam: Sources

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Retired General, former Air Marshal of Pakistan military allegedly involved in New Islamabad Airport corruption scam: Sources

ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has initiated inquiry against retired senior military officials over corruption allegations in new Islamabad Airport project.

34 officials are facing charges of corruption in the project of New Islamabad International Airport.

The interior ministry in its written reply shared with the Senate the details of an inquiry conducted by FIA in the alleged embezzlement in the construction of New Islamabad International Airport.

According to the FIA inquiry, a total 13 retired officers of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have been allegedly found involved in the corruption scandal including one each retired lieutenant general and air marshal, two retired major generals, six retired air vice-marshals, two retired brigadiers and one retired air commodore.

The inquiry found that out of the total 34 accused, 10 are primary accused and 24 people are secondary accused while two retired army brigadiers are among the primary accused and all other retired army and air force officials are out of the secondary accuse.

The House was informed that 10 primary accused include former project directors of the new airport Brig (retd) Iftikhar Ali, Brig (retd) Bilal Hameed, M Musharraf Khan and Vikram S Sodha; Asif Basheer Ahmad and M Roohullah, ex-director planning and development Civil Aviation Authority (CAA); and Yousaf Kamal, former director works and development CAA.

The primary accused also include senior officials of the Project Management Consultant, LBG USA & ECIL, Karachi; Design Consultants of Airside Infrastructure: ADPI France & NESPAK Pakistan; and Design Consultants of PTB: CPG Singapore & ARCOP Karachi.

The 24 secondary accused include retired military officials; ex-chairman Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Board Lt General (retd) Tariq Waseem, former members of the CAA Board Major General (retd) Mir Haider Ali Khan, Major General (retd) Ashraf Chaudhry, Air Marshal (retd) Rashid Kaleem and AVM (retd) Shahid Latif; ex-directors general CAA AVM (retd) Khalid Ch and Air Commodore (retd) Junaid Ameen; ex-deputy DGs of CAA AVM (retd) Ritz ul Haq, and AVM (retd) Salid Habib; and ex-Deputy DOs CAA AVM (retd) Junaid Ahmad Siddiqui and AVM (retd) M Safdar Khan.