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Goldsmith to Governor – gold-smuggler, rift-creator, land mafia

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KARACHI: Kamran Tessori son of Akhtar Tessori was born on May 5, 1974 in Karachi, the heart of Sindh. His father Mr Akhtar was a contractor who entered into the business of gold and started a company namely ‘Tessori Gold’ and earned millions of rupees.

Apart from his family’s gold business, Mr Kamran Tessori took over the family business and simultaneously started businesses of money-exchange and real estate.

Kamran is the only person of Tessori family who entered into the politics in late 90s and had joined newly established Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q).

In a very short span of time, Kamran Tessori became ‘right-hand’ of former chief minister of Sindh Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim. Even the elected representatives of the PML-Q used to approach Mr Kamran Tessori to get their work done from the then CM. Within this period, Mr Tessori became billionaire.  

In the tenure of Dr Arbab Rahim, Mr tessori was accused of gold smuggling of some 300 kg gold to Dubai and then bringing it back to Pakistan. His big gold center on Zaib-Nisa Street in Sadar was also closed for couple of years due to this issue.

Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim also allotted him with 80 acres of land near historic graveyard – Chaukandi – which was actually part of the said graveyard.  He also owned more than 400 files of Lyari Expressway for which he was paid huge amount as compensation.

After the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) came into power in Sindh, former home minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza lodged FIRs against Kamran Tessori for his involvement in land grabbing in district Badin that compelled him to take shelter at the residence of PML-Q leader Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain at Islamabad. He also took shelter from property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.

Soon after this episode, Kamran Tessori joined Pakistan Muslim League-Funtional (PML-F) led by Pir Pagara.

In 2013 election, Mr Tessori was the key player in a 12-party alliance headed by Pir Pagaro because of his closeness to Imtiaz Shaikh, he had a big contribution in the distribution of tickets of said alliance, and due to his role at that times many controversies were also raised.

After quite some time, Kamran Tessori tried to open doors to join Mutehida Qaumi Movement (MQM) however he couldn’t make it. However, after MQM parted ways with its leader Altaf Hussain on August 23, 2016, Farooq Sattar opened doors of MQM-Pakistan for Mr Tessori.

Mr Tessori had faced strong resistance from other MQM-Pakistan leader however Dr Farooq Sattar made him member of the Rabita Committee and allotted him party ticket to contest election from Karachi’s Mehmoodabad area which he lost.

Kamran Tessori has close affiliation with all factions of the MQM. Earlier MQM-P developed cracks after awarding him ticket of Senator and senior leader of MQM Farooq Sattar had to leave MQM-P. Kamran Tessori recently rejoined the party and suddenly nominated and made Governor of Sindh. This is how Mr Kamran Tessori had completed his journey from a businessman to the successful political leader.

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Rashid Ansari – Mafia of Sindh’s mines and minerals!

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KARACHI: The multi-billions dollar mines and minerals spread across the Sindh province are presently under clutches of a powerful person who is himself a One-Man Mafia, compelling all his officials to bow-down before him.

Rashid Ansari has become a symbol of threat to almost every official working at the Directorate General of Mines and Mineral Development Department, Government of Sindh for the last couple of years. And, nobody is willing to take action against his massive corrupt practices involving billions of rupees, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Sindh’s caretaker minister for mines and minerals Mir Khuda Bux Marri took bold step and initiated multiple inquiries against him, suspending him from the post of Deputy Director (Technical), Mines and Mineral Development Department, sources disclosed.

While taking stern notice of the situation and malpractices, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam issued a notification suspending Rashid Ansari immediately for 90 days.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Rule-5(1) of the Sindh Civil Servants (Efficiency & Disciplines) Rules, 1973, the services of Mr Rashid Ansari, Deputy Director (Tech) (BS-18), Directorate General, Mines and Mineral Development Department are hereby placed under suspension for 90-days with immediate effect, on account of misconduct”, according to a letter exclusively available with Sindhnews.

“During the period of suspension, the headquarters of the aforementioned officer shall be at the Mines and Mineral Development Department. He shall draw pay and allowances, during the period of suspension, as admissible under the rule”, the notification adds.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Rashid Ansari for his official version however his cell phone remained unattended till filing of the report.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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