RAWALPINDI: The investigation into the Rawalpindi Ring Road project fraud has stalled because no progress has been made in determining whether members of the ruling party or opposition leaders, as well as housing societies, were involved.

The ruse was discovered before Eid ul Fitr. Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, resigned as the controversy grew.

However, Ghulam Sarwar, the Minister of Aviation, denied any profit to a private housing society. He also said that if the allegations against him were proven, he would leave politics.

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However, the Punjab government’s fact-finding committee, which was created on April 27, failed to submit its full report.

The chief secretary appointed commissioner Rawalpindi Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah, Additional Commissioner Coordination Jahangir Ahmed, and Deputy Commissioner Anwar ul Haq.

The committee’s fourth member was to be chosen by the three founders, according to a notice. However, the fourth member was not chosen, and the committee submitted a report to the provincial government without it.

Deputy Commissioner Anwar ul Haq was suspended from his post after two committee members objected to the substance of the commissioner Rawalpindi’s survey.

According to officials, the report was prepared by commissioner Rawalpindi, and the inquiry’s terms of reference (TORs) were not followed. Based on the three TORs, the committee was given the task of answering nine questions and completing the report.

The fact-finding inquiry committee will investigate the issues and present its conclusions on conflicts of interest, rent-seeking, abuse, and disrespect for the norms underlying public administration, according to these TORs.

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