London: Former prime minister Pakistan Shaukat Aziz has denied taking any bribe in terms of plots from National Police Foundation (NPF) as his membership and allotment of plots in NPF schemes dated back to 1989 and 1990.
According to sources, allegations leveled by a section of media back home that he acquired from the Police Foundation, Islamabad during his tenor as Prime Minister of Pakistan were simply baseless.
“No plots were acquired by the former prime minister from the Police Foundation during his tenor as prime minister,” the sources said.
According to the sources, while working as a banker in Saudi Arabia in the year 1989, Aziz was invited to a gathering of overseas Pakistanis in Riyadh. On the occasion the then managing director of the NPF offered Pakistanis based in Saudi Arabia to invest in the National Police Foundation Scheme.
A number of overseas Pakistanis including Mr. and Mrs. Shaukat Aziz applied for membership and applied for plots in the Foundation’s schemes and were accordingly given membership and allotted plot numbers 1558 and 1559.
According to the sources, on 0ctober 10, 1989 the former premier and his wife were given membership to the foundation’s schemes and were allotted plot numbers 357 and 358 in October1990. Similarly, Aziz made the payments of the two plots according to schedule of the scheme that concluded years before he became prime minister of the country or held any public office in Pakistan.
The sources further revealed that the two plots the former prime minister and his wife purchase were located in sector O-9 of National Police Foundation, Rawalpindi. The sources said that the former premier had also applied for membership and accordingly allotment of plot in the E-11 housing scheme of the foundation in Islamabad in 1990.
Thus the sources quoting the former prime minister said that he had sought membership of these schemes as ordinary Pakistanis at a time when he was not holding any public office. Therefore the claim that that these plots were purchased while he was prime minister of Pakistan was patently untrue. Aziz assumed office of prime minister of Pakistan in 2004 and all these plots were allotted and paid for long before that date.