A First Hand List of Army Landlords
The shameful list of uniformed land grabbers in Punjab, Pakistan
Special SAT Report
BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan, August 19-25, 2002 (SAT): Pakistani Army
Generals, including 'President' Pervez Musharraf and his top
colleagues, have found an innovative way to defend the land of their
country -- by grabbing it.
South Asia Tribune (SAT) has got a list of over 100 armed forces men
who allotted to themselves at least 400 or more acres of prime land
in Bahawalpur, heart of Punjab, Pakistan, "to defend it from the
enemy," at the throw away rate of Rs 380 per acre (US six dollars &
50 cents). The list is only of one District. Such lists exist all
over Punjab and Sindh where a new breed of landlords has already been
created through similar allotments.
These fertile lands were given to the serving and retired generals on
the pretext that these army generals will "prove a front line against
the invading army."
The centuries old British colonial law to settle locals near enemy
border was invoked by these army men to grab the lands. But instead
of taking lands close to the border, they took away prime heartland
acres, thousands of them, in the name of defending the country.
The price they paid, Rs 380 an acre, was notional but many of them
sold the land making millions. Others have become feudal lords in
their own right by employing landless peasants to till these lands
and produce key crops.
This list has been prepared with the help of land revenue record of
the district of Bahawalpur by local activists of the Nationalist
Qaumi Movement, a group fighting for the rights of the local people.
This conversion of generals into landlords also explains why no
serious effort has been made by the military to introduce land
reforms in the country, which could cure many political and social
imbalances in the Pakistani society.
The following list includes the 62 names and the area (Chak) where
the land (400 acres or more) is located. Some of these Pakistan
military officers may have been promoted to higher ranks or even
retired from service:
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1. General Pervez Musharraf, current [self-appointed] 'President' of
Pakistan, 'Chief Executive' and Chief of the Army Staff; Village
(Moza) Nouabad Yazman, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
2. General Zubair, Chak DB/14.
3. General Moinuddin Haider, current federal Interior Minister, DB/43.
4. General Aziz, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, BC/16.
5. General Iqbal, BC/16.
6. General Saroop, BC/17.
7. General Javed, DB/61.
8. General Irashad Moin.
9. General Zarar Niazi, DB/64.
10. General Zulifkar Ali, current WAPDA Chief, 54/P.
11. Lt. General Saleem Haider, 54/p;
12. Lt. General Mohammad Akram, 94/9.
13. Lt. General Mohammad Naeem.
14. Lt. General Mohammad Afzal Janjua, 54/P.
15. Lt. General Amin Burki, 96/P.
16. Lt. General Khalid Maqbool, current Governor of Punjab and former
Chairman of the so-called National Accountability Bureau (NAB), 54/P.
17. Lt. General Irshad Hussain.
18. Lt. General Mushtaq Hussain, 54/P.
19. Lt. General Tariq Pervez, brother of Nawaz Sharif's ex-Cabinet
Minister Nadir Pervez.
20. Admiral Mansoor ul Haq, former Chief of Naval Staff, DB/113.
21. Air Marshal Imtiaz Haider, DB/114.
22. Major General Malik Mohammad Salim, 1L/101.
23. Major General Amjad Shoaib, 1L/127.
24. Major General Jehangir Nasrullah, 95/P.
25. Major General Waqar ul Haq, 55/P.
26. Major General Mahboub Muzaffar, 56/P.
27. Major General Khurshid Alam, A101/107.
28. Major General Agha Jhangir Ali Khan, 1L/120.
29. Major General Jamshed Iyaz Khan, 126/1L.
30. Major General Tahir Ali Qurshi, 93/P.
31. Major General Muzaffar Usmani (Later promoted to Lt. General and
retired recently by General Musharraf), 93/P.
32. Major General Sultan Habib, 93/P.
33. Major General Abdul Razzak, 250/P.
34. Major General Mohamamd Mushtaq, 54/P.
35. Major General Mohammad Raza, 54/P.
36. Major General Rafiullah, former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief.
37. Major General Zafar Mehdi.
38. Brigadier Mohammad Sarfraz, 55/P.
39. Brigadier Mohammad Jamil Qudrat Warsi, IL/104.
40. Brigadier Mumtaz, IL/104.
41. Brigadier Rasheed, Chak 126.
42. Brigadier Ali Akbar, 54/P.
43. Brigadier Gull Alam Khan, 46/P.
44. Brigadier Mohammad Bashir Baz, Chak 256.
45. Brigadier Saeed Abdul Khaliq, IL/129.
46. Brigadier Ashraf Khan Afridi, 49/P.
47. Brigadier Ghazanfar Azam, Chak 105.
48. Brigadier Javed Malick, Chak 46/P.
49. Brigadier Ghulam Abbas, Chak 46/P.
50. Brigadier Iftikhar, Chak, 46/P.
51. Brigadier Shahid Naeem, Chak 46/P.
52. Brigadier Ziaullah, IL/119.
53. Brigadier Saddik Khan, 54/P.
54. Brigadier Masoud Bashir, 54/P.
55. Brigadier Pervez Akhtar, son of Saleem Khan, 54/P.
56. Colonel Shaukat Hayat, IL/123.
57. Colonel Safdar Hussain, 250/P.
58. Colonel Mohammed Tariq Khan, 256/P.
59. Colonel Bahadur Nawaz, 256/P.
60. Lt. Colonel Ahmad Yar Khan, 44/46.
61. Lt. Colonel Abdur Rahim Khan, 93/P.
62. Lt. Colonel Arshad Pervez Khan, 93/P.
In addition to these Pakistani military officers, 50 hawaldars, naib
clerks, clerks, naiks, honorary captains, subedars and subedar majors
have also been allotted lands in the vicinity of Bahawalpur and
The Shameful List of Uniformed Land Grabbers in Punjab, Pakistan
[SAT EDITOR'S NOTE: This is an unusual list prepared after months of
hard work, cajoling, appeasing and even bribing some of the petty
land record keepers. The list has almost all the big names, including
that of 'President' General Pervez Musharraf, who bought state land
in Bahawalpur at the laughable price of Rs 380 (six dollars and 50
cents) per acre. And no one bought less than 400 acres or almost 250
football grounds each. The fraud that was committed was in the
justification of the purchase. These military officers, from generals
to colonels to an odd Navy Admiral, an Air Force Air Marshal, a
federal Interior Minister, an Intelligence Bureau Chief, the Punjab
Governor/former Chairman of NAB, the Chairman of JCSC and other high
armed forces officials, got the land illegally by saying: "They will
prove to be a frontline against an invading enemy."
Many of these front line landlords sold their prized lands and were
happy to keep the millions they got in return. The list is just one
of many such lists which could make the Pakistan Army as the biggest
land holder in the country, if not already so.]
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