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    Title: Zulfi Bukhari resigns as SAPM over allegations in Ring Road scandal
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    Description: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari on Monday resigned from his post owing to allegations levelled against him in the ongoing inquiry of the Ring Road project scam. "My Prime Minister has always said that if a person has been named rightly or wrongly in any inquiry he should cease to hold any public office till his name has been cleared of charges," he wrote on his official Twitter handle. 1/3 My Prime Minister has always said that if a person has been named rightly or wrongly in any inquiry he should cease to hold any public office till his name has been cleared of charges . Owing to the allegations in ongoing Ring Road inquiry I want to set this example.. — Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) May 17, 2021 The PM's aide said that owing to the allegations in the ongoing inquiry, he wanted to set an example. "By resigning from office until my name is cleared up of any allegations and media’s obnoxious lies," he said in another tweet. He reiterated that he has nothing to do with Ring Road or any ongoing real estate project. "This time the inquiry should be done by capable personnel, I endorse a judicial inquiry," he added. 2/3 by resigning from office until my name is cleared up of any allegations and media’s obnoxious lies. I reiterate that I have nothing to do with Ring Road or any ongoing Real Estate project.This time the inquiry should be done by capable personnel,I endorse a judicial inquiry. — Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) May 17, 2021 Bukhari further said that he's here to stay in Pakistan and will continue to stand united with Prime Minister Imran Khan and his vision. "I sacrificed my life overseas to come and serve my country, I am ready to face any inquiry." 3/3 I’m here to stay in Pakistan and stand united with the Prime Minister and his vision. I sacrificed my life overseas to come and serve my country, I am ready to face any inquiry. — Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) May 17, 2021 Last Saturday, PM Imran had ordered a full-fledged inquiry into the Rawalpindi Ring Road (RRR) Project scam after which the Punjab government decided to send the case to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) or the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for a thorough investigation. Earlier in the day, while addressing media persons in Islamabad, the Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that the alignment of the project was changed on technical grounds; therefore, no one can blame us for political interference in development projects. “If there is any change in the road alignment, it is purely due to technical reasons that can be explained by relevant experts.” Also read: 'PM Imran main culprit behind Ring Road project corruption' The minister viewed that the inquiry report about the project should be revisited as some members of the investigation committee had attached their separate dissenting notes with it. It was reported earlier that the probe into the alleged corruption in the project came under a cloud as two out of three members of the fact-finding committee denied the corruption allegations levelled against sacked Rawalpindi commissioner Muhammad Mehmood. Sources told The Express Tribune that the former commissioner was made a scapegoat in the fight for ascendancy between much bigger players who prefer to operate from behind the scenes. The same quarters said the former official was removed without being heard. Also read: Ring Road corruption probe hits snag It is also learnt that the fact-finding committee also pronounced its decision without giving the former commissioner a chance to be heard. The fact-finding panel had termed the land acquisition process illegal and accused the ex-commissioner of purchasing land worth Rs2.3 billion unnecessarily as well as benefitting eight private housing societies owned by influential people. Both members who opposed the allegations wrote that there was no illegal activity at any stage of the project. Map shows the new alignment of the proposed Rawalpindi Ring Road Project. PHOTO: EXPRESS
    Published Date: 17-May-2021
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