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Ahad Cheema (Government Official / Bureaucrat)

2018-02-22 14:44:57Ahad Cheema
Ahad CheemaAhad Cheema

  • Personal
  • Name:

    Ahad Cheema

  • Name in Urdu :

    احد چیمہ

  • Famous As:

    Former Director general of LDA

  • Nick Name:


  • Nationality:


  • Residence:

    Lahore, Pakistan

  • Religion:


  • Profession:


  • 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 :


  • Recieved on :

    14 August 2014

  • Presented by:

    President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari

  • Born
  • Place:


  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Saima Cheema


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.


Ahad Cheema DG LDA
Ahad Cheema DG LDA
Cheema has served on key posts in Punjab even being a junior officer. Among the top slots he held during the last decade or so included secretary higher education department (2009-10), DCO Lahore (2011-12), DG LDA (2012-16, in two terms) and now the incumbent CEO QATPL.


During his tenure , LDA completed some of the major projects in Lahore worth billions of rupees, including metro bus, Walton flyover and Azadi Chowk flyover. Former governor Chaudhry Sarwar had decorated Cheema with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz on the eve of Pakistan Day in 2014. The award was conferred upon him by the president of Pakistan in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services in the field of public service. [1] Early Career

National Accountability Bureau

Ahad Cheema in jail
Ahad Cheema in jail
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday 21/02/2018 arrested former director general of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Khan Cheema from the office of Punjab Power Company here. He was arrested at around 4:30pm from his office located on the MM Alam Road, Gulberg. NAB shifted the accused to its Lahore office at Thokar Niaz Baig in the evening and would produce him before an accountability court on Thursday 22/02/2018 to obtain his physical remand for further interrogation.According to NAB they have arrested Ahad Cheema for not appearing before a combined investigation team of NAB which was investigating charges against him regarding illegal allotment of land for Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme. Ahad Cheema, currently the chief executive officer of the Punjab Thermal Power Ltd, was arrested after he failed to appear before the investigation team for the third time, despite the notices issued on Feb 2 and Feb 16.  NAB was investigating the Ashiana-e-Iqbal project regarding allotment and purchase of 32 kanals at Mouza Tedha Cantt Lahore. [2] Accountability Court  


It is said that the Cheema, by misuse of authority and with criminal intent, awarded a contract of the Ashiana-e-Iqbal project of approximately Rs14 billion to Lahore Casa Developers — a joint-venture which was ineligible for the contract — adding that Cheema received illegal gratification in the form of a 32-kanal land valuing Rs30.09 million approximately from the owners of Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd. [3] Cheema Controversy   

Promotion to next grade Officer

Promotion Letter BS-20
Promotion Letter BS-20
Government promotes 17 police officers to grade 21; 33 other PSP officers to grade 20. Two days after the arrest of  Ahad Cheema, by the anti-graft bureau of the country, the Establishment Division has promoted him to grade-20 with an immediate effect. According to a notification issued on Thursday, the officer will remain at the disposal of the Punjab government until further orders.[4] Cheema Promotion   

Metro Man 

Cheema is nicknamed in bureaucratic circles as “metro man”. Keeping in view his previous record of resolution, persuasive approach and leadership, the chief minister selected Cheema to supervise and monitor the Lahore Metro Bus System (MBS) project. Cheema accepted the challenge, joined as the director general of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in March 2012 and completed the venture in a record time of 11 months. It goes to his credit that the project was concluded without relaxing even a single rule or regulation. With transparency an amount of Rs29.8 billion was utilised in a short span.

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. Civil servants in Punjab attribute its success to Cheema’s hard work and management skills. The previous government always took immense pride in success of this project, and donor agencies also showcased it as worth emulating. [5] Major Services

Ahad Cheema's Identification

Arrested by NAB
Arrested by NAB
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested person named Shahid Shafiq, over corruption allegation after identification by ex-DG of LDA Ahad Cheema.Shafiq was arrested by NAB in the investigation of Ashiana Housing Scheme. He is the chief executive of Bismillah Engineering Company.NAB has obtained important record of former Director General (DG) of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Ahad Cheema in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal.Sources told that details regarding mobile phone calls and emails have also been taken while the bureau has also sought expert’s assistance to recover the data.[6] Identification

Medical Report

On the other hand, Shafiq’s counsel raised objections when NAB demanded his physical remand arguing that media trial of his client was being held.Earlier, the medical report of Shahid Shafiq termed torture allegations of his wife as baseless, clarifying that the accused was mentally and physically healthy. He was also allowed to meet his wife at NAB office.

Investigation Charges Against Saima Cheema 

DC Okara Saima Cheema
DC Okara 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 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 competent to be appointed at any post of district management, however she was appointed as Punjab Finance additional secretary. [7] Investigation


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