Pakistan’s army plans to shift its GHQ to Islamabad

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s powerful army plans to shift its General Headquarters (GHQ) from Rawalpindi to Islamabad and is ready to kick off construction on the ambitious project, according to a media report today.The decision was disclosed by an official of the Capital Development Authority during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) subcommittee, Dawn reported.An audit report said the CDA had acquired 870 acres in D-11 and E-10 for GHQ at a rate of Rs 1,159 per square yard, but allotted the land to GHQ at a subsidized rate of Rs 200 per sq yd.The report said the subsidized allotment “resulted into loss to the authority amounting to Rs 4,034 million”.
The audit pointed out that the CDA Directorate of Land went into a package deal to acquire land for GHQ, Islamic University in H-10 and for a residential sector in D-12, and allotted the affected villagers double plots.However, when the authority told the committee the land was procured mainly for GHQ, the committee took a lenient stance and settled the audit para accordingly, the report said.