Ahad Cheema (Government Official / Bureaucrat)

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2018-02-22 14:44:57Ahad Cheema
     
Ahad Khan Cheema or Ahad Cheema is  CEO of the Punjab Thermal Power Ltd.  He was former director general of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA). During his time as DG of LDA major Projects have been done nicely. He was appreciated by the Govt at that time. Hailing from agricultural background family of Hafizabad, Cheema made his mark very early in his career. He is also known for his nickname in bureaucratic circles as 'metro man'.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Ahad Cheema

  • Name in Urdu :

    احد چیمہ

  • Famous As:

    Former Director general of LDA

  • Nick Name:

    Metro-Man

  • Nationality:

    Pakistani

  • Residence:

    Lahore, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Bureaucrat

  • Rank /Grade:

    Grade-19 officer

  • Recently promoted to:

    Grade-20 Officer on 23 Feb 2018

  • 2017-2018:

    CEO at QATP

  • 2009-2010:

    Served as secretary higher Education Department

  • 2011-2012:

    DCO Lahore

  • 2012-2016:

    DG LDA , in two terms

  • Controversy:

    The illegal allotment of land for Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme

  • Arrested on :

    21 February 2018

  • CEO at:

    The Punjab Thermal Power Ltd

  • Awards :

    Tamgha-e-Imtiaz

  • Recieved on :

    14 August 2014

  • Presented by:

    President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari

  • Born
  • Place:

    Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Saima Cheema

Ahad Cheema Career

He was elected on important posts in Punjab even as a junior officer. Among the top slots, he held during the last ten years or remained secretary college education department from 2009-10, District Coordination Officer Lahore from 2011-12, DG LDA from 2012-16 in two terms and currently the incumbent CEO at QATPL.

Public Services

During his time in power, Lahore Development Authority completed some of the main projects in Lahore worth billions of rupees, containing metro bus, Walton flyover, & Azadi Chowk flyover. Former governor Chaudhry Sarwar had awarded Cheema with Tamgha e Imtiaz on Independence Day in 2014. The award was awarded upon him by the president of Pakistan in recognition of his meritorious and outstanding performances in the field of public service. 

National Accountability Bureau

Ahad Cheema in jail
Ahad Cheema in jail
National Accountability Bureau on Wednesday 21 February 2018 arrested former director general of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Khan Cheema from the office of Punjab Power Company. He was arrested at around 4:30 pm from his office situated on the MM Alam Road, Gulberg. National Accountability Bureau transferred the blamed to its Lahore office at Thokar Niaz Baig and would make him before an accountability court on Thursday 22 February 2018 to receive his physical remand for more investigation. According to National Accountability Bureau, they have arrested him for not showing himself before a combined interrogation team of National Accountability Bureau which was interrogating charges against Cheema related to illegal allotment of land for Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme. He, currently the CEO of the Punjab Thermal Power Ltd, was arrested after he failed to appear before the interrogation team for the 3rd time, despite the notices issued on February 2 and 16.  National Accountability Bureau was interrogation the Ashiana e Iqbal project regarding allotment and purchase of 32 kanals at Mouza Tedha Cantt Lahore.[1] Accountability Court  

Controversy

Arrested
Arrested
It is said that the Cheema, by illegal use of authority and with criminal intent, conferred a contract of the Ashiana -Iqbal project of about Rs fourteen billion to Lahore Casa Developers, a group effort which was ineligible for the contract, it is also said that he got illegal gratification in the form of a 32-Kanal land price about Rs, 30.09 million  from the owners of Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd.

Promotion to Next Grade Officer

The government of Pakistan promotes 17 police officers to grade 21, 33 other Police Service of Pakistan officers to grade 20. After the day's arrest of Ahad Cheema, by the government agency of the country, the stability division has promoted him to grade 20 with an immediate effect. According to a notification issued, the officer will remain at the disposal of the Punjab government until more orders.>

Metro Man

He is known for his nickname in bureaucratic circles as 'metro man'. Accordingly, his before the record of resolution, convincing approach & leadership, the chief minister elected him to lead the Lahore Metro Bus System project. He accepted the challenge and joined as the director general of the LDA in Mar 2012 and finished the venture in a record time of 11 months duration. It goes to his credit that the project was ended without relaxing even a single rule or regulation. With transparency, an amount of Rs29.8 billion was used in a short time.

Public Services

In 2005, he was picked by Chief Minister Pervaiz Ellahi to manage his hallmark project -“Parah Likha Punjab”. He was made the project coordinator of this World Bank-supported initiative. Government workers in Punjab attribute its success to his hard work and management skills. The previous government always took huge pride in the success of this project, and donor agencies also showed off to people it as worth copying.

Metro Man

Shahid Shafiq arrested by NAB
Shahid Shafiq arrested by NAB
He is known for his nickname in bureaucratic circles as 'metro man'. Accordingly, his before the record of resolution, convincing approach and leadership, the chief minister elected him to lead the Lahore Metro Bus System project. He accepted the challenge and joined as the director general of the LDA in Mar 2012 and finished the venture in a record time of 11 months duration. 

Ahad Cheema Awards

While he was director general of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) completed many of the main projects in Lahore worth billions, also contain metro bus, Walton flyover, & Azadi Chowk flyover. Former governor Chaudhry Sarwar had awarded Cheema with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz on Independence Day in 2014. The award was awarded upon him by the president of Pakistan in recognition of his meritorious and outstanding performances in the field of public service. 

NationalAccountability Bureau

DC Okara Saima Cheema
DC Okara Saima Cheema
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 21st February 2018 arrested former director general of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Khan Cheema. NAB transferred the blamed to its Lahore office and made him before an accountability court on 22 February 2018. NAB Alleged interrogating charges against Cheema related to illegal allotment of land for Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme. 

Controversy

It is said that the Cheema, by illegal use of authority and with criminal intent, conferred a contract of the Ashiana-Iqbal project of about Rs 14 billion to Lahore Casa Developers, a group effort which was not eligible for contract, it is also said that he got illegal gratification in the form of a 32-Kanal land price about Rs, 30.09 million  from the owners of Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd. NAB recovers Rs15million and a luxury car hidden by Ahad in a showroom.

Promotion to Next Grade Officer

The government of Pakistan promotes 17 police officers to grade 21, 33 other Police Service of Pakistan officers to grade 20. After the day's arrest of Ahad Cheema, by the government agency of the country, the stability division has promoted him to grade 20 with an immediate effect. According to a notification issued, the officer will remain at the disposal of the Punjab government until more orders.

Ahad Cheemas Identification

National Accountability Bureau arrested the person Shahid Shafiq, over corruption allegation after identification by ex-DG of Lahore Development Authority Ahad Cheema. Shafiq was arrested by National Accountability Bureau in the interrogation of Ashiana Housing Scheme. Shafiq is the chief executive of Bismillah Engineering Company. National Accountability Bureau has received the main record of former DG of LDA. Ahad Cheema in Ashian-a-Housing Scheme scandal. According to the sources that details related to mobile phone calls and emails have also been received while the bureau has also sought expert’s assistance to recover the data.

Investigation Charges Against Saima Cheema

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has also started corruption charges investigation against Saima Ahad Cheema, wife of former LDA DG Ahad Cheema, allegedly involved in the corruption case of development schemes of Punjab. It was revealed that Saima Ahad Cheema was appointed as Okara deputy commissioner against the rules and regulations. She belonged to Income Tax group and was not enough competition to be appointed at any post of district management, however, she was appointed as Punjab Finance additional secretary. 


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