RAWALPINDI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) raided Bahria Town’s office in Rawalpindi on Monday “in connection with Al-Qadir Trust University case”, The sources said that the anti-corruption watchdog’s team conducted the raid to “search for records of Al-Qadir Trust University” at Bahria Town’s Rawalpindi office.  It also emerged that the Punjab police and elite force’s teams were also present in the raid. It is noteworthy to mention here that Al-Qadir Trust University links to a high-profile case leading to the incarcerated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan’s £190 million National Crime Agency (NCA) settlement reference. Reacting to the raid, Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz Hussain said on X, formerly Twitter, that he would bear all hardships and not become “an approver”. The sources also added that the anti-graft watchdog launched an investigation into alleged irregularities against Bahria Town. A probe has been commenced into the “land that has been acquired for Bahria Enclave’s project on a land allocated for establishing a zoo”.The PTI chairman is facing corruption charges of billions of rupees in a case also involving the property tycoon. Khan — along with his wife Bushra Bibi and other PTI leaders — are facing a NAB inquiry related to a settlement between the PTI government and the property tycoon, which reportedly caused a loss of £190 million to the national exchequer. As per the charges, Khan and other accused allegedly adjusted Rs50 billion — £190 million at the time — sent by Britain’s NCA to the Pakistani government as part of the agreement with the property tycoon.They are also accused of getting undue benefit in the form of over 458 kanals of land at Mouza Bakrala, Sohawa, to establish Al Qadir University. During the PTI government, the NCA seized assets worth 190 million pounds from the property tycoon in Britain. The agency said the assets would be passed to the government of Pakistan and the settlement with the Pakistani property tycoon was “a civil matter, and does not represent a finding of guilt”. Subsequently, then-prime minister Khan got approval for the settlement with the UK crime agency from his cabinet on December 3, 2019, without disclosing the details of the confidential agreement. It was decided that the money would be submitted to the Supreme Court on behalf of the tycoon.



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