Zulfi Bukhari expresses gratitude after being cleared in Ring Road scandal

Zulfi Bukhari had resigned from his public office after an inquiry into the Rawalpindi Ring Road project.

ISLAMABAD: Former Special Assistant on Prime Minister (SAPM) Zulfikar Bukhari has expressed gratitude after being cleared in the Rawalpindi Ring Road scandal.

“I want to thank family, friends and everyone who had faith in my fight for truth & justice, for their constant support over the past few weeks. Specially all the youth & #OverseasPakistanis who never stopped sending in wishes,” he said in a tweet.

Speaking to a private channel, Bukhari said he was accused without any evidence. He demanded that the investigation report should be made public whether his name is included or not in the Ring Road scandal.

Zulfi Bukhari termed the clear and transparent investigation as a welcome step of the government and said that he would not leave the case and would take it to its logical conclusion.

Former SAPM Zulfikar Bukhari and Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan have apparently got clean chit in the investigation after the initial enuiry report was presented to the prime minister. This was said by Anti-Corruption Punjab Director General Gohar Nafees on completion of investigation report into Pindi Ring Road irregularities case.

Former commissioner Rawalpindi and project director Rawalpindi Ring Road project, Muhammad Mahmood and land acquisition collector Abbas Tabish have been arrested and a case has been registered in connection with the irregularities in Rawalpindi Ring Road.

The official said that they have examined 21,000 documents to conclude their investigations which revealed that the total cost of the project was raised to Rs60 billion after a change in project alignment. He said the project included a cost of Rs40 billion on construction and Rs16 billion on land acquisition

A fact-finding inquiry committee detected large-scale irregularities in the Ring Road project.  Zulfi Bukhari had resigned from his public office after an inquiry into the Rawalpindi Ring Road project after his alleged involvement in corrupt practices.

 Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to launch an investigation into the alleged changes into Rawalpindi’s Ring Road project. The prime minister had taken notice of the alleged changes in the direction of the multi-billion project in violation of the proposed plan in order to benefit private housing societies.