Balloting and Development Phase 8 DHA Lahore
Lahore Real Estate disclosed on Friday November 13th,2009 that there is a strong possibility of balloting of Phase 8 and Park view by DHA Lahore in the near future. The news has been based on assessment and survey work undertaken by the DHA surveyors. ________________________________________
DHA ( all three) have to continiously develop new phases to accomodate Army officers according to their revised authorization at different milestones of the length of their service. There are about 20000 Army officers and according to (Revised) authorization evry year a sizeable mumber of officers (about 800 to 1000) are eligible for a plot at the completion of 15 years service.In addition more plots are also needed for officers who reach higher service brackets. I don't know exact statistics but my fair guess is about 1500 new plots every year. Three years back Lahore DHA started development of Phase 7, it should start development of Phase 8 in the next six months time to clear the backlog. It can only start develoment if it has a town plan and has also done allotment to receive development funds from its members.
KERRY-LUGAR BILL; AN EXTERIOR MANOUVRE TO INTERFERE IN PAKISTAN ARMY CHAIN OF COMMAND
By; Maj Gen (Retd) Sultan Habib
In Washington DC, perhaps Pakistani taxpayer’s dollars were spent to include clauses in the bill which will ensure political control of the Army. The objective was clear in the minds of Pakistani insecure politicians and the equally insecure foreign office bureaucrats. In spite of visible efforts by GHQ (Pakistan Army General Headquarters) to keep the Army role limited to professional pursuits; a situation has erupted in which the Pakistani Government had to be formally conveyed Army’s reservations on few clauses of the Kerry-Lugar bill which, according to the Army are a threat to National Security. The reservations of the Army were conveyed through a press release by the I.S.P.R) followed by a letter.
The objectionable clauses deal with civilian control of chain of command and promotion system in the Army, cessation of alleged assistance to militant groups by the Army and ISI (Inter Services Intelligence)and control on nuclear proliferation etc.
Historically the political civilian governments’ mistrusted the powerful Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). In my two tenures with the foreign office as Ambassador in Pyongyang and earlier as Defense Attaché in Moscow; I was convinced that foreign office and its foreign missions doubted ISI for running the foreign policy of Pakistan. There was always a sense of insecurity amongst the bureaucrats and viewed military officers working in the embassies with suspicion. I also had an experience when a very renowned head of the mission wanted to report against an officer in the mission via Directorate General of Inter Services instead of his own chain of command.
Control over GHQ and ISI had always been bothering politicians. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto instituted the office of Chairman of Joint Staff Committee and Muhtharama Benazir Bhutto appointed a retired general as director general of ISI. Lt Gen Zia ud Din , DG ISI in Nawaz Shareef’s government who was selected as chief of army staff in October 1999 to replace General Pervaiz Musharraf, was very loyal to the Civilian Government.
Insecurities of politicians are understandable due to poor law & order,high inflation, non availability of basic food items at affordable rate, power shortage, unemployment and corruption. They are threatened that GHQ and DG ISI may sound them a caution at the time of crisis, like Chief of Army Staff intervened at a very critical time of civil unrest in support of restoration of judiciary. The politicians are also conscious of their” files” in the ISI which are full of their acts and deeds. To address their apprehensions, clausesin the Kerry Lugar certainly not going to help them..
American probably asses the civilian control of Pakistan Army on their model of Pentagon in which the Secretary of Defense has executive authority and formulation of Defense Strategy is in the domain of civilian control. Our culture is different, a control of the chain of command will result into interference of politicians in the promotions , postings and transfer of officers like it is being done in the Establishment Division of Civil bureaucracy. Officers will look up to their political connections instead of concentrating on their professional attributes. Those without political connection will suffer and the efficiency of a very fine fighting machine will be degraded.
The officer’s career planning in Pakistan Army is amongst the best in the World leading Armies. I have an experience of attending US Army Command &General Staff College in addition to Pakistan Army War and Staff Colleges. There is no doubt that US Army officer’s evaluation and training system is excellent but ours is no less with the resource constraints and our general education environment. Our officer’s corps comes from middle class background that have been educated in Pakistani schools and US Army gets its officer’s from amongst those boys and girls who had been educated in American schools and Colleges.
Our career planning is strictly related to officer’s ability, character traits, performance in the unit, performance on courses of instructions especially Staff Course and War Course. The reports of the later two courses are highly confidential. I worked as DS in the Staff College and couldn’t read my course report even if I wanted to do so.
Promotion boards are highly institutionalized. A lieutenant/colonel is evaluated by three independent boards in different location before he/she is considered by the central board in the GHQ. A brigadier can only rise to the rank of a major general if he has a very solid record of service and impeccable commitment, leadership qualities and experience of top of the line command, instructional and staff assignments. Chief of Army Staff selects his team of Corps Commanders and principal Staff officer. All promotions are approved by the Government. Chief of Army staff is selected and appointed by the President.
In this system if the federal government is on board then why need has been felt by the US legislation by asking for a certificate from the State Department to the effect that the Army chain of command is under civilian control? And why our mission in Washington DC collaborated or lobbied or didn’t highlight such a clause(s) in the legislation?
Civilian control on the Pakistan Army hierarchy in general and ISI in particular had been a matter of concern for the US a well for the Pakistani civil government for quite some time. Indian lobby had been busy in Washington too. On this one point agenda, perhaps the interests of the US, Pakistani Government and its mission in Washington and Indian lobby coincided. Kerry Lugar Legislation was therefore considered to be one of the vehicle to empower the civilian Government against its own institution which is the only stable institution in Pakistan, without realizing that such a control on the Army chain of command will lower its efficiency and morale. After few years it will be no better than para military force.
The US as influenced by Indian mindset that ISI with a nod from GHQ (Pakistan Army General Headquarters) harbor, train, and infiltrate terrorist in the Indian occupied Kashmir. This mindset can only be changed by confidence building measures on both sides. Similar concerns are expressed by Pakistan about Indian involvement in Baluchistan.
Pakistan civilian Government, instead of getting deep into Army chain of command and destroying its well tested system, it should find indigenous measures to have civilian control over the Army instead of a legislation of an Allied Country.
The author is aretired general and former Ambassador of Pakistan. He is a graduate of Quaide Azam university Islamabad,US Army command &Gen Staff College Ft Leavenworth’s and Command &Staff College Quetta.
Lahore: DHA commercial building owners warn of sit-in
THE DHA Commercial Building Owners Association has threatened to hold a sit-in to protest against the increase in commercialization fee and property tax by DHA and Cantonment Board authorities.
Office bearers of the association made this announcement in a press conference held at the Lahore Press Club on Friday.
Raja Maroof, the general secretary of the association, said the body had already approached top military and civil leadership for help but in vain. He said possession of a plot in DHA was given after full payment of dues. He said owners of 460 commercial buildings in DHA had already paid full amount and cleared dues and were paying huge amount as property tax for many years. He said the DHA administration recently served bills amounting to Rs 450,000 to Rs 200,000 to commercial buildings in commercial areas of block F, G, H and L in Phase 1, DHA.
He alleged that the DHA administration has started allotment of areas left for Community Centres, clubs, cinemas, car parks, hospitals and playgrounds in commercial areas to its officials. He said earlier common builders were not allowed to construct building above the limit of 40 feet, which later increased to 55 feet and then to 77 feet for special investors and builders. He said recently the DHA demolished a marriage hall in U block, Phase 2, and started construction of a 110-feet plaza. He said another 136-feet commercial plaza was being constructed on a plot reserved for a cinema in R block, Phase 2, DHA. He said the cinema was shifted to a school.
He said another 160-feet plaza was under construction on 27 kanal land in phase IV, which was reserved for a playground. Likewise, space left for parking in front of a school in Phase III was now reserved for a commercial building, he maintained. He said that in phase 1, the DHA administration had constructed a commercial plaza on a residential plot located adjacent to a mosque.
Raja Maroof said that many commercial building owners had got stay orders from various courts but the DHA and Cantonment Board authorities did not accept these orders. He said Walton Cantonment Board has also increased property tax by 400 per cent and was collecting this tax by force. He said anyone raising objection to policies of authorities in DHA and Cantonment Boards had to face harassment in the form of disconnection of utilities as well as threats by the
DHA and Cantonment Board’s security staff.
Central Park Merger with DHA Lahore
The Agreement has been signed between D.H.A Lahore and URBAN Developers for the Merger of Central Park Housing Scheme (All Blocks) including Extension. Dated: 15-08-2009.
New name can be DHA EME Phase II.
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Pakistan facing shortfall of 6m housing units
The country, at present, is facing a shortfall of 6 million housing units and in order to bridge this gap the government needs to provide adequate funding for House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC), Vice chairman, standing committee on housing and construction industry of FPCCI, Saleem Kassim Patel said.
“Regulations stated by commercial banks and financial organisations to buy and construct a house, are virtually impossible for one to meet,” he added. He said in order to provide shelter to the people of low- and middle-income group the government should chalk out plan on concrete grounds.
“Without adequate structural support provided to HBFC from the government the lower and middle-income groups would always invariably worry about housing”, he maintained. He said the purpose of forming HBFC was to help these groups, so that they could easily claim ownership to their respective residences.
He said there would be greater need for housing units for low-income people during the next 2 years. He asked the government to take steps for improving the existing infrastructure and also provide new infrastructure for upcoming schemes in major cities of the country.
He said the government should provide all out support for such innovative activities, which do not involve much of cost.
According to National Housing Policy of 2001, within 6 years loans worth Rs 7 billion were granted to residential units, he added.
He said in 2006, HBFC and IFC together to promote HBFC’s interest and sustainability conducted a study which showed by 2009, loans worth Rs 9 billion are needed to fortify construction and maintain viability of the organisation.
There is no doubt that government alone cannot provide housing facilities to each citizen of Pakistan, and the role of private sector in this regard cannot be ignored, he said.
He said builders from other countries like Kuwait and UAE have shown great interest in Pakistan housing and construction sectors besides providing a boost to local industries attached with these important sector, which provide large scale job opportunities.
Secretary Housing and Works, Sami Khilji said that the Rs 60 billion project launched under the Prime Minister Housing Scheme would not benefit the common man and the nation’s money is feared to be wasted. The secretary housing said this at the meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) here on Friday.
He told that under the Prime Minister Housing Scheme, 30,000 houses would be built and each house would cost Rs 2 million.
Sami Khilji said that this case is lying with the Law minister and no work has been initiated on this project. He said in his proposals that the decision in this regard should be taken after this matter is presented to the cabinet. He said that he would work as per the rules and regulations without coming under any pressure. The PAC issued directions to inform the committee regarding any development in the implementation of this project. By Razi Syed
Daily Times, 17-Apr-09
14/04/09 LAHORE MARKET IS DULL AND STABLE
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Lahore MARKET ON APRIL 14TH REMAINED STABLE. BOTH BUYERS AND SELLERS ARE SHY OF DEALING. Amman Associates is of the opinion that surge in the Stock Market may not have similar boom in the property market.
Lahore MARKET ON APRIL 9TH REMAINED IN THE DOWNWARDS TREND. There are few genuine buyers in the market. Some property dealers are arguing that property prices will never slide down to the level of March 15th,2009; they are therefore suggesting to their clients that this is the best time to buy. If the property prices start moving up then it is harder to find confirm sellers. The market is far from STABILITY.
Lahore MARKET ON APRIL 8TH REMAINED IN DOWNWARDS TREND. There are more sellers in the market but genuine buyers are looking for further slide.The current terror attacks have a very negative effect on the property market and there are no buyers in the market. Phase 8 allocation of DHA has lslided down to 35 Lacs from 39 and Phase 9/10 is being quoted at 15 Lacs.
Story behind Manawan Fidayee attack
By Amir Mir
LAHORE: Authorities investigating the March 30 terrorist attack on the Manawan Police Training School in Lahore have identified Qari Hussain Mehsud, a close associate of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud, as the mastermind of the 30/3 assault, who had been shuttling between Rawalpindi and Lahore through the Grand Trunk road for the past few months and had personally visited the site of Monday’s attack before choosing it as the next target to launch Fidayee attack.
According to circles close to those investigating the Manawan attack, Hijratullah alias Nadeem Asghar, one of the terrorists captured alive by the security forces from outside the police training school while the military operation was still on, has disclosed that he was working under the command of Qari Hussain Mehsud, a key TTP commander loyal to Baitullah Mehsud.
Hussain, who has already been named by Baitullah as his successor in case of his death, is notorious for training suicide bombers and sending them on fatal missions. The investigators say the three terrorists who eventually blew themselves up inside the Manawan Police Training Centre on Monday to avoid being caught alive, had actually been trained in suicide bombing by Qari Hussain at his training camp in the Spinkai Ragzai area of South Waziristan.
The investigators say the Manawan attack was in fact a Fidayee operation, which was carried out under a new strategy to inflict maximum damage, unlike the past practice of carrying out straight suicide bombings after approaching the target. The investigators say the distinction between the Fidayee and suicide bomber is extremely fine. A Fidayee attack is not a suicide attack but a different kind of assault in which a heavily armed militant sneaks upto his target and starts firing bullets, besides throwing hand-grenades, only to fight till death. A Fidayee attacker does not believe in exploding himself to instant death but he fights till the end, often launching attacks in difficult situations where death is inevitable. A Fidayee attacker, the investigators say, is supposed to try and escape after fulfilling the mission.
As a matter of fact, investigators say, the Spinkai Ragzai suicide training camp that had been dismantled by the Pakistan Army way back in January 2008 following a massive military operation — Operation Zalzala — seems to have been reactivated by Qari Hussain Mehsud after the withdrawal of the troops from the area after the 2008 general elections. Spinkai Ragzai is a small town in South Waziristan, inhabited by the Pashtun tribe Mehsud. Operation Zalzala was primarily aimed at flushing out Baitullah and his local and foreign militants from the area.
Before the operation was launched, Spinkai Ragzai was infested with TTP militants, with villagers providing them support and shelter. Dozens of Mehsud-led militants were killed during the Operation Zalzala and the security forces were in full control of it within three days.
The Spinkai Ragzai suicide training camp, being run by Hussain, was one of the main targets of the military operation in view of intelligence information that young boys not more than 17 years of age are introduced by him as the ones restlessly waiting for their turn to strike against targets and embrace martyrdom. Someone who specialises in indoctrinating teenagers in violence in the name of Islam, Qari Hussain Mehsud is believed to have become the main ideologue of the Pakistani Taliban militants working under Baitullah Mehsud’s command.
The Pakistani agencies are trying to hunt him down since long given his status as the person who may have recruited and indoctrinated the largest number of people to carry out suicide attacks in the country.
Interestingly, Qari Hussain, who is well known in the TTP ranks for his strong anti-Shia views and his close ties with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), was reportedly killed on Jan 27, 2008 during the Operation Zalzala, after his hideout was targeted with a missile. The Army had launched the operation on January 24 after the Taliban forces commanded by Baitullah overran two military outposts and conducted attacks against other forts and military convoys in South Waziristan. While announcing Hussain’s death, the military authorities had claimed to have intercepted a telephonic communication between two of the TTP commanders about the death of the Mehsud lieutenant during the operation. His last training centre was believed to be in Kotkai, South Waziristan, before it was destroyed by the Pakistan Army.
The military had reiterated its claim on May 18, 2008 after taking reporters to one of Qari Hussain Mehsud’s suicide camps in Spinkai in South Waziristan. “It was like a factory that had been recruiting nine to twelve-year-old boys, and turning them into suicide bombers,” said Maj-Gen Tariq Khan, commander of the Pakistan Army’s 14 Division, who had led the operation in South Waziristan.
However, hardly four days later, on May 23, 2008, Qari Hussain Mehsud sprung a surprise to the Pakistani military authorities by addressing a press conference at a government school building in South Waziristan just after his boss Baitullah Mehsud had declared that the Taliban would continue to attack the Nato forces in Afghanistan. “I am alive, don’t you see me?” Hussain had said.
Asked about the motive behind the Manawan Fidayee attack, investigators point out Baitullah Mehsud’s Tuesday responsibility claim, saying: “The assault was in retaliation for the continued drone strikes by the US in collaboration with Pakistan on our people. Such attacks will continue as long as Pakistan continues supporting the Americans. The Manawan attack was carried out four days after the US State Department authorised (on March 25) a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of Baitullah Mehsud, describing him as a key al-Qaeda facilitator in the lawless tribal region of South Waziristan.”
April 1st,2009. Lahore market is almost closed. When asked, Amanullah Khan of Aman Assciates commented that Property Dealers association of Lahore are disappointed with the sellers who bcked out on thir commitments in the last few days and Dealers had to face embarrasing situation infront of the Buyers who in most cases had handed over token money to the Dealers. The dealers are therefore not entertaining any deal.
MARCH 31ST,2009. Shabaz Shareef has been restored as CM. According to Aman Ullah Khan, of Amman Associates is of the opinion that thee are byers in the market but sellers reluctant to sell even at prices which they demaded few days back.
Terror In Manawa Police Training School.
March 31,09 .
The news of terror in unguarded Monawa Police training School near Pakistan- India border was received with anger, shock and awe by Lahorites. The 8 hours drama ended with Army, Rngers and police excellent action in the day light to end the terrorist. Mumbay should learn a lisen from the valiant sons of the soil who had been and will continue to place them in extreme danger to defend their beloved country. One only feels ashamed of the rulers sell us and our country to oters for very small price. The terror is growing but so is our resolve to fight it tactically in our streets by common men like in Monawa and to fight the route causes strategically. We are aware Mr.------ and will not let you sell our country.
2. The Monawa incident had a negative impact on the Lahore market. DHA 9/10 lost 25000 while DHA 8 allocation files also lost about 50 K. But in the evening the buyers were again looking for bargains.
Lahore March 29, 2009. Lahore property market reacted positively to President Zaradari’s speech and promises made by him. There are more buyers in the market than the sellers. DHA 5 plots are being traded 5 to 10 Lacs above the pre-speech rates.DHA 8 Allocation files are traded at 40 Lacs +, 3lacs above its previous price. DHA 9/10 is traded 1.5 lacs above @17 lacs +.Plots in DHA 6 have recorded 6 to 10 Lacs above, while increase of RS. 3 lacs at the average is being seen in DHA 7 Prices.
The market may continue to rise in the next few weeks till the promises are fulfilled. It may see further escalation after the Governor rule is lifted and stable Punjab government is formed. The revision of 17th amendment in the Constitution may also have positive effects.
LAHORE MARKET CONTINUES TO BE DEPRESSED
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Lahore real estate market is depressed, sale/purchase of plots especially in DHA Lahore is very low. It seems that the buyers have turned their backs. They certainly don't seem to be on the sidelines. The prices quoted by the dealers are only their FAIR ESTIMATES. Some dealers are quoting prices as they have to tell some thing when a client makes an inquiry. No one has a satisfactory answer. Global economic depression, rise in gold prices, positive turn in Karachi Stock index,heavy interest rates paid on deposits in the National Saving Center,speculations that PKR may still loose further to foreign currency etc are the possible arguements given.
Prices in Phase 7 DHA are at the rock bottom. DHA 6 where there is construction activity is also not attracting buyers........... for discusion please go to Forum clck on this item in the forum and click on reply to record your opinion.
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