The recent entry of former Federal Minister from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Nazar Muhammad Gondal into Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) has been strongly criticized by many in the party who think that the joining and warm welcome received by the former disgraced members of PPP is ruining the party’s reputation and it’s “struggle” against corruption.
Mr. Nazar Gondal is known for his alleged misconduct and misuse of authority while serving as the Federal Minister and facing severe corruption charges. He is primarily accused of appointing his brother Zafar Gondal as the chairman of Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI). He was removed from NHA by then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani on charges of corruption by Mr. Nazar violated the departmental promotional rules and regulations and appointed his brother as chairman of EOBI.
Zafar Gondal is being investigated by FIA for causing a Rs44 billion loss to the national exchequer through underhand land deals. He allegedly violated the investment rules of EOBI to buy lands in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi at exorbitant prices.
One of the many underhand deals led by Mr. Gondal included EOBI purchasing a plaza in Islamabad from a man named Abdul Qayyum at an extremely high price without a third-party evaluation. Qayyum had later told FIA investigators that he paid a kickback to Gondal and other senior officials of EOBI.
Several cases were registered against the management of EOBI including Zafar Iqbal Gondal (Chairman EOBI and brother of Nazar M Gondal) and the sellers of various properties for buying these properties at highly exorbitant rates. At present, challans have been submitted in the Court of Special judge (Central) Lahore while Post arrest bail petitions of Zafar Iqbal Gondal Ex-Chairman EOBI in case FIR Nos. 51-57/2013 PS FIA ACC (EOBI Scam) Lahore were heard on 06.10.2016 before Honorable Lahore High Court Lahore. Next date of hearing of the main case before the Supreme Court of Pakistan is 07.06.2017.
Final nail in the coffin?
The joining of PPP leaders in PTI and the warm welcome that they received by top leadership of PTI has not gone down well with the common core supporters of the party. PTI has already been inviting all the criticism by letting most controversial political personalities enter the party and then by giving them undue place which upsets the common party worker. All the recent entries into PTI are facing severing corruption charges and bring huge political baggage. Some analysts have already been terming it as the “final nail in the coffin”.