JI demands resignation of ruling elite named in Dubai Property Leaks
LAHORE: (Suno News) Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Hafiz Naeemur Rehman has demanded that the Pakistani rulers exposed in Dubai Property Leaks should immediately resign from their respective offices.

 A day earlier, ‘Dubai Unlocked’, a global collaborative investigative journalism project, revealed properties owned by rich persons from across the globe in Dubai including the richest Pakistanis whose combined value is worth around $11 billion.

In a post shared on social media platform X, the JI Ameer said, “First the Panama Leaks, then the Pandora Leaks, and now the Dubai Property Leaks, the stories of exponential increase and accumulation of wealth of Pakistani ruling elite seem to be now becoming a regular feature of international scandals.”

The project has revealed a list which includes political figures, globally sanctioned individuals, alleged money launderers and criminals.

The revelation is based on data that provides a detailed overview of hundreds of thousands of properties in Dubai and information about their ownership or usage, largely from 2020 and 2022. Properties purchased in the name of companies and those that are in commercial areas are not part of this analysis.

As per media reported published in The News and Dawn, the data was obtained by the Centre for Advanced Defence Studies (C4ADS), a non-profit organisation based in Washington, DC. It was then shared with Norwegian financial outlet E24 and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which coordinated a six-month investigative project with reporters from 74 media outlets in 58 countries, uncovering scores of convicted criminals, fugitives, and political figures who have recently owned at least one piece of real estate in Dubai. The News and Dawn were partners from Pakistan.

The Property Leaks list reveals various Pakistanis include three children of President Asif Ali Zardari, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz, Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s wife, Sharjeel Memon and family members, Senator Faisal Vawda, Farah Gogi, Sher Afzal Marwat, four MNAs and half a dozen MPAs from the Sindh and Balochistan assemblies. The list also includes late Gen Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and more than a dozen retired generals as well as a police chief, an ambassador and a scientist – all of whom owned properties either directly or through their spouses and children.

Chief Financial Officer of Omni Group Aslam Masood along with his wife is also shown as a listed owner of several properties in the data. The News checked the value of one of them and found out that it was purchased at AED1,060,626 (Rs80m) in March 2013.

Sohrab Dinshaw is also a property owner in Dubai. A villa he purchased in 2015 carried a purchase price of AED 1271888 (Rs 96m).

All of the individuals mentioned were sent questions (except Aslam Masood who is deceased). None responded.

Altaf Khanai’s son, daughter, brother, and nephew are listed owners of several properties in Dubai. The Altaf Khanani network which was sanctioned by the US for involvement in money laundering has also surfaced on the list. Three of his children are facing sanctions.

Another notable character is Hamid Mukhtar Shah, a Rawalpindi-based physician who was sanctioned by the US for his involvement in the kidnapping, detention of, and removal of kidneys from Pakistani labourers. He is listed as the owner of scores of properties.

The Property Leaks data revealed Naqvi’s wife owns a five-bedroom villa in the Arabian Ranches. She received a rental income of AED600,000 (Rs45m) from this villa, which was purchased in August 2017 for AED4,347,888 (Rs329m) according to the record seen by The News.

Naqvi’s wife’s name appeared once in it — related to the above-mentioned information. She however continues to be the owner of a property in Dubai, if Dubai's land record is taken as a guide.

According to the data leak assessed by economists and reporters, the number of residential properties owned by foreigners in Dubai put Indians first, at 35,000 properties and 29,700 owners. The total value of these properties is estimated at $17 billion that same year. Owners with Pakistani nationality come second among foreigners at 17, 000 owners of 23,000 residential properties followed by UK citizens and Saudi nationals.