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KARACHI: More than a dozen retired military officials and their families, as well as bankers and bureaucrats, own properties in upscale Dubai areas, according to data revealed by the OCCRP’s Dubai Unlocked project.

Among the thousands of Pakistanis who own these properties are around a dozen retired military generals, two retired air vice-marshals of the Pakistan Air Force, a serving inspector general of police (IGP), a former chairman of the Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL), and a serving chairman of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.

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The most prominent among retired military generals is the name of former (and late) military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf (retd). The former military dictator and his wife’s name appear in the leaked data as the owners of three properties in the areas of Dubai Marina, Burj Khalifa and Al Thanyah Fifth.

Musharraf’s former military secretary Lt-Gen Shafaat Ullah Shah (retd) is also included in the leaked data, which covers the period 2020-2022. His name had also appeared in the Pandora Papers.

Shafaat’s son appears to be a co-owner of the same property, per the leaked data. Gen Shafaat (retd) in his response to the OCCRP confirmed owning the property and said all his foreign properties are declared with the tax authorities in Pakistan.

Former DG-C during Gen Musharraf’s (retd) era, Maj Gen Ehtasham Zameer (retd), his son and other children are also on the list as owners of properties in the Al Warsan First, Marina Arcade Marsa areas.

Also on the list is the son of Lt-Gen Afzal Muzaffar of the NLC scandal fame, and former DG Counter Intelligence Major Gen Ehtasham Zamir (retd) and his children.

IGP Azad Jammu and Kashmir Dr Sohail Habib Tajik is also on the list for owning property in Al Dafrah First Al Thanyah Third.

Dr Tajik Sohail Habib has confirmed owning the property and said that he bought it in 2002 while he was “working in the UN. My salary was $10,000. I transferred the money from UN Bank to Dubai as a legal transaction and declared it in my assets and proudly say that everywhere.”

Former president of the NBP Arif Usmani also features on the list as the owner of a penthouse.

Another Lt-Gen Muhammad Akram (retd) owns a property in Elite Residences 4. In addition, Lt-Gen Alam Jan Mehsud and his spouse own a five-bedroom apartment in the Al Hamri Palm Jumeirah area.

The leaked data shows that Maj Gen Ghazanfar Ali Khan (retd) also owns a property in S15 Building Al Warsan First. Major Gen Raja Muhammad Arif Nazir (retd) also appears in the leaked data for owning a property in Golf Promenade 2-A, Al Hebiah third area.

Meanwhile, Air Vice Marshal Saleem Tariq (retd) also appears to own property as does Air Vice Marshal Khalid Masood Rajput (retd).

Also included in the list are Major Gen Muhammad Farooq (retd), Major Gen Anis Bajwa’s spouse, and Maj Gen Najam-ul-Hassan Shah (retd).

Former chairman of OGDCL Zahid Muzaffar and chairman PCST Syed Anwar-ul Hassan Gillani are also listed as property owners.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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Maqbool May 15, 2024 10:29am
The list should be divided between those that have declared those properties to FBR and those that did not. Action taken against the defaulters whoever they are, and how they got the money to buy them
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Taimoor May 15, 2024 11:32am
Syed Zameer Jafri's son, Maj Gen Ehtasham Zameer (retd) died years ago.
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KU May 15, 2024 12:10pm
The more you peel the onion of our corrupt Inc., more tears await you, despite many unanswered questions on means leading to these assets, it is deemed legal. Misery for nation n country continues.
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Aamir May 15, 2024 12:42pm
So what is the harm in owning Dubai property if it was with legal money? Stupid and high taxes on real estate in Pakistan will only increase flow of capital to foreign property markets
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