So a reuters journalist interviewed Malik Riaz (who is a property tycoon. Used to be some sort of clerk in Army Defence Housing Authority). This chap is totally shady, and gives out free or reduced price houses to Ex and serving army TFTAs. But still churns out a handsome profit. So you do the math how he does it. Anyway, the rumors used to be that Army would give him land for free and he would in turn develop them with houses, malls and such, and give a few of them to the TFTAs
Bahria township is one of them
So fella gets interviewed. He makes a statement "If I werent so close to Bad Sharif, how do you think I get so many contracts with the Army". Which got printed by reuters. Now the new Army chief (and his ISPR lackey) are all totally image conscious. They had their goons call up reuters. And reuters retracted the articlehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakis ... SKCN0WU1V5
The story on March 29 headlined “INTERVIEW-Pakistani property tycoon eyes media move to protect his name”, is withdrawn. The story included a quote attributed to Malik Riaz Hussain about his relationship with Pakistan's army chief, General Raheel Sharif, that was incorrect. There will be no replacement story.
The motorma who wrote that story is the owner of a dog whose brother works for my chaiwallh's milk supplier. Rumor is that she claims that such a claim was made, and it is on tape. I personally dont think anything will come out of it.
These were the satanic verses which earned Reuters a fatwa
Hussain says he is Pakistan's sixth largest tax payer. He also publicly states that he has paid bribes to top politicians, judges and even members of the feared ISI intelligence agency.
The publicity wing of the military, which answers for the ISI, declined to comment on Hussain's allegations.
"If I tell you the amount of the biggest bribe I have ever paid, you will have a heart attack," Hussain said.
In a public deposition in 2012 that hit Pakistani headlines, he said he had bankrolled the playboy lifestyle of the son of the country's chief justice in return for favorable treatment in court cases related to his empire.
The case is ongoing, though it has stalled.
Hussain also currently faces several investigations by the national corruption watchdog. Among the allegations against him are illegally grabbing land and using favor with politicians to have state-owned property allotted to him at throwaway prices.
Currently, he has five joint development projects with the army spread over thousands of acres.
Recent chatter among Pakistan's elite suggests that Hussain may be losing his influence with the military under the country's army chief General Raheel Sharif. The military declined to comment.
Hussain dismissed such rumors.
"If I didn't have relations with Raheel Sharif, the joint ventures would have shut down, wouldn't they?" Hussain said.
"I am friends with the army, I am friends with the institution."
People with long memories will remember that a 34 year old Reuters Pakistan Bureau chief suddenly dropped down dead in her office, no post mortem was done. This was after articles about Baluchistan was printed in Reuters. So probably they wised up this time and retracted the article.http://www.dawn.com/news/1166083
Maria Golovnina, the Pakistan and Afghanistan bureau chief of Reuters based in Islamabad who was found dead on February 23, died due to a shortage of oxygen, DawnNews reported.
I think "died due to shortage of oxygen" should be added alongside with "vacuum bulb burst"