Rauf Klasra moves FIA against Mubashir Zaidi, others over allegations of illegal land allotment
Klasra, who gives a hard-hitting analysis of the political scenario in his show 'Muqabil' was alleged by senior Dawn News anchor Mubashir Zaidi of getting a plot in the upscale G-13 sector of the capital during the stint of former premier Yousaf Raza Gillani, flouting the norms of journalism.
Mubashir Zaidi, who is quite active on Twitter hurled the accusation through the same medium, however, Rauf Klasra refuted the allegations and went a mile more by lodging a complaint with the FIA.
Klasra in his complaint also nominated four other respondents including Asad Ali Toori, UNDP employee Mrs Fouzia Yazdani, PTV official Shams Pervaiz and a web portal Dunya Pakistan.
UNDP employee Mrs Fouzia Yazdani too has been summoned by FIA on Nov 20 to come and prove it after she tweeted on twitter recently RK wife was a “ghost employee”... https://t.co/ioMTTNSDEC— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) November 18, 2017
A snapshot of notice was also shared by the journalist, which was disputed by the Mubashir Ali Zaidi who claimed that he received no such notice while correcting himself that he was referring to the G-14 plot instead of G-13.
Aap nay inquiry ko notice qarar day diya. G-14 ka plot tha I stand corrected https://t.co/iau2FqOrNI— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) November 16, 2017
He responded that Klasra was resorting to lies in a similar fashion as he used to do on the television screen.
Liar Liar pants on fire. I have never received any summon from Cyber Wing. Pathetic journalism. Jo jhoot program mein boltay ho wohi twitter per bhi https://t.co/daU8bZKVIQ— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) November 16, 2017
Zaidi also quoted a story filed by the reporter Usman Manzoor according to which the plaintiff got a plot measuring 500 sq yards in street No. 71, G-14/2 for which the provisional letter was issued on 29-01-2009.
Usman Manzoor ki The News ki story parhaoon jiss kay khilaf bhi aap gaye thay aur munh ki khayee thi. The story was about your unauthorised plot https://t.co/EMe4WN6jxD— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) November 16, 2017
To this, Klasra fired another salvo that the barrage of allegations was hurled by Mubashir Zaidi but the onus of proof was being deflected to Usman Manzoor.
مقدمہ FIA&عدالت میں مبشر زیدی کے درج ہوا ہے۔ٹوئٹر پرالزامات کی بوچھاڑ مبشر زیدی گروپ نے کی۔ گیلانی سے پلاٹ لینے اور ٹرانسفر کرانے کا بہیودہ الزام مبشر زیدی نے لگایا لیکن اب ملبہ عثمان منظور کے سر ڈال دیا وہ FIA&عدالت میں ثابت کرے۔
DawnTv کی “زرا ہٹ کے”والے سرکار کی نئی گگلی ?? pic.twitter.com/aCreEO0BiE
— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) November 18, 2017
Though the renowned Urdu columnist insisted that he received no plot from Yousaf Raza Gillani, however, Mubashir Zaidi claimed that no such notice was issued adding that they had the proofs of unauthorised allotment.
Bring it on. We have the proofs https://t.co/cjHAHxRmsw— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) November 16, 2017
In another tweet, the 92 News anchor alleged that the accusatory tweets made by Mubashir Zaidi were deleted by him.
کچھ ٹوئیٹس تو وہ ڈیلیٹ کرچکے ہیں۔ امید ہے وہ بھی ساتھ لائیں گے۔۔ ایف ائی اے اور عدالت میں۔۔ https://t.co/Gf6bjN9boQ— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) November 16, 2017
The Islamabad-based journalist clarified that not only FIA, but multiple petitions in separate courts were also filed. He also revealed his counsel Shah Khawar and Salman Qamar.
FIA کے علاوہ مبشر زیدی اور دیگر پانچ پر اسلام اباد کی عدالت میں بھی مقدمہ فائل ہوا ہے۔ شاہ خاور اور سلمان قمر وکیل ہیں۔ لاہور میں بھی مبشر زیدی پر کیس فائل ہوا ہے۔— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) November 16, 2017
ویسے جب مبشر کے پاس “ثبوت” ہیں تو پھر خود ایف ائی اے کو دے ائیں تاکہ کیس فورا خارج ہو اور وہ جیت کا جشن منائیں یہاں https://t.co/fnGex9yAW2
Klasra also shared a document bearing signatures of judicial magistrate nominating Mubashir Zaidi and Fauzia Yazdani as respondents.
According to the journalist, Yazdani had alleged that the wife of Rauf Klasra was a ghost employee.
For your information Fzuzia Yazdani pls.— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) November 16, 2017
FIA cyber crimes wing inquiry against you has started after you tweeted my wife was “ghost employee”-so for your information so you can go and prove what you alleged on twitter or get jailed/fine.One case in ISB court too@yazdanifauzia pic.twitter.com/VHn0nNScon
He also detailed the cases initiated against scores of journalists pertaining to illegal allotment of plot.
Islamabad Court proceedings against Mubashir Zaidi&five others are about to start affte I file 5 seperate defamation cases. You can also join MZ in court/FIA to prove my “deeds”. Can also make you party in same court/FIA case to give you chance too otherwise face jail/fine https://t.co/LIeSQVJwR8— Rauf Klasra (@KlasraRauf) November 16, 2017
Let it be known that the allegations were hurled back in June, however, the proceedings have gained pace now and as the journalists are openly engaging in skirmishes on public platform, more details are expected to emerge in days to come.
The controversy started when a television show 'Apna Gareban' hosted by Mati Ullah Jan went viral over the internet in which Rauf Klasra was invited as a guest for clarifying his position regarding the rented houses he was occupying.
The show was broadcasted some 6 years back but, a recently, the debate regarding the illegal allotment and 'unholy' favours received by the influential journalists was reignited.
Another media veteran Javed Chaudhry also had a skirmish with Rauf Klasra over the same plot issue, however, no legal battle came to the fore at that time.
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