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Minister gets KPT chief sacked after refusal to award contract without bidding: report

Federal Minister for Port and Shipping Ali Zaidi pushed for the removal of then Karachi Port Trust (KPT) chairman Rear Admiral (r) Jamil Akhtar after the latter refused to grant a contract for a mega project to the minister’s blue-eyed company, a journalist claimed.

Speaking on a Din TV show, journalist Mumtaz Bhatti claimed that Zaidi wanted the former KPT chairman to award the contract to MIBT, a company owned by the friend of the shipping minister, for $70m. Akhtar refused and told the minister that the contract will only be awarded via standard bidding procedure.

However, in the bidding process, a company named RAMD made a bid of $13-15m for the same task which the MIBT had asked $70m for, he claimed.

Subsequently, Zaidi allegedly got the finance director removed, but that didn’t work out. Eventually, Zaidi in connivance with a secretary and his ‘friend’ in Islamabad sent the chairman of the KPT packing.

The federal government removed Akhtar from the post of the chairman on March 25 with immediate effect. The Established Division, Government of Pakistan had issued notification in this regard on Wednesday.

The notification had said “The Federal Government is pleased to remove Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar (retd) from the post of Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) under Ministry of Maritime Affairs, forthwith by modifying/reducing his period of initial appointment in terms of Section 11 of KPT Act, 1886, with immediate effect”.



32 Comments

  1. Hamid Malik said:

    Already a huge scam of 15 million $ contract of off Karachi shore drilling last year needs investigation against Ali Zaidi & Mahmood Moulavi. This contract was given to Exon inspite of the fact that 17 times the effort to find Oil Karachi off shore has failed.Still 15 million $ were paid to EXON for a futile exercise. Moreover Ali Zaidi is also named alongwith Zulfi Bukhari in releasing Zaireen from Iran without following quarantine protocol.

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  5. NadeemUzair said:

    Minister ziadi is already misusing a lot of port resources for his personal use. He is a property dealer by profession who has made his way up by sucking up to the inner circle of PTI absolutely incompetent only there to make money by taking bribes and awarding contracts and high price, It is known openly in all of KPT and port Qasim.

    • Abbasi said:

      I know alot of people in Pak Navy, everyone in Pak Navy regard him as a honest and upright officer. He is liked by everyone and people from Navy told that they are standing with him and will support him till the end.

  6. Azhar said:

    To my knowledge the Islamabad high court overturned the order to reinstate the Chairman. Who is a decorated naval officer and an upstanding gentleman.

  7. Dilawer Khan said:

    Why only Ali Zaidi is to be blamed for the dismissal of a highly decorated Naval officer? The Secretary MoMA, Mr Rizwan is the main culprit. He is keeping the additional charge of Chairman PNSC for what reasons? No one like to work extra hours for nothing. Isn’t its hampering the proper functioning of MoMA as well as other organisations?
    PNSC purchased 2 junk tankers at a very high price under the chairmanship of Mr Rizwan. This has given him a taste of what is well known in the shipping market. Now PNSC has floated a tender for purchase of pilot boats and tug boat which falls under the ambit of KPT, just to make some more money before retirement next year. There are various news items on corruption in PNSC under the chairmanship of Mr Rizwan PAS BS-22, he even recruited his buddy, Qadri, as GM Procurement who is medically unfit despite other cronies.
    Why PNSC is purchasing pilot boats and Tug Boats which is not PNSC’s area of business? Why Mr Rizwan is keeping the additional charge of PNSC? Why no corruption cases (recruitment, ship purchase etc.) are not properly investigated? Why Secretary MoMA is interfering in working of other autonomous organisations and not letting them work and want all purchases through PNSC where he keeps the additional charge of Chairman?
    Connect the dots and picture will be clear to all.

    • Qasim Khan said:

      I agree with you, both of them should be investigated. Big question is why Rizwan is getting paid for two posts and doing half the work. I think this speaks volume of Zaidi’s mentality, he needs someone who can only say ‘yes boss’ and be part of the corrupt practices.

  8. Muhammad Nashat Raffi said:

    When Unfortunatly the People in POWER, IGNORE HONESTY AND SINCERITY, Because of Their INTERESTS, Finds ways to Bring Pressure on bear to Achieve THEIR OWN DESIRED RESULT.
    Admiral Raja Jameel Akhtar is a Honest Competent and Sincere Officer.He is Person Who will SAY NO TO ALL ILLEGAL ORDERS.
    I have Run KPT as GM Ops, and I know that,if Port is Run Properly*without Corruption* Earning from Port can Support PAKISTAN’S BUDGET TO LARGE EXTENT.

  9. Muhammad Nashat Raffi said:

    The Downfall of PTI will be Because of CORRUPT PERSON (s) like Zaidi and likes,Who are Close to PM Imran Khan and MAKING HIM DISLIKE BY AWAM BY THEIR CORRUPTION AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES.

  10. Waseem Akram said:

    Good riddance…Admiral Jamil should not have been made Chairman KPT in the first place. I guess Murree connection worked. Good riddance

    • Abbasi said:

      This speaks volume of your mentality. Atleast he is doing and fighting against the mafia, who are you again ? whats your contribution. NOTHING !!!

  11. Azam Memon said:

    Ali Zaidi is the most corrupt minister in the history of Ministry of Maritime Affairs (MoMA). He is in bed with Rizwan ahmed who is holding two posts that are the Secy to Ministry of Maritime Affairs as well as Chairman of PNSC. And together they are trying to wreak havoc in the KPT by bringing a man who is just as corrupt and shameless as them, hence removing the highly honest officer R/Adm Jamil. He has tarnished the admiral’s reputation by putting up news on the tv headlines of sacking the chairman and also with an extremely flawed notification order. He misguiding the honourable Prime Minister for his malified personal interests of making quick money during this time of crisis.
    Shame on you Ali Zaidi and Secy Rizwan Ahmed.
    #ChairmanKptRemoval

  12. Shah Hassan said:

    My sources from the Navy tell me that Mr jamil akhtar is an extremely respectable and honest man. He has stood up against the system as this pathetic person named zaidi saab wanted to mint money. Paisa is not everything zaidi saab. Truth will prevail soon

  13. Ash Khan said:

    Only in Pakistan this type of behavior is occurring for a long time thus resulting in underdevelopment of the country. The supreme court should investigate the case and if proven correct the Minsiter should be sent to prison and the KPT chief reinstated.

  14. Shoaib Nazir said:

    I know RA jameel Aktar since 35 years .He is a scrupulously upright officer and Navy seal with vast experience as sea farer , a brilliant officer who can never compromise on principals a mino like zaidi who is Realter and has brand name of new born popping of corrupt mafia ! Pm Imran khan wake up and Restore KPT Chief and dismiss your born again Sharjeel memom ( Zaidi)

  15. Shoaib Nazir said:

    If these type of corrupt and irrational order s are issued by a Realter cum minister ! On first instance why was Ali Zaidi appointed to a post which is highly technical nature and who does not know his contacts with Babar Ghori (king of corruption). More over this is no time in corona epidemic ! Take ing such senseless decisions of national importance! We have big oil terminals , over draft jetties ets ! Pm please Remove this minister Ali Zaidi ! In Natiinal intrest useless ministers have no place !!!’KPT chairman is highly technical post which needs marintiime back round and Experience? Mr PM please remove this Realter ( he is a member of building and kabza group ) and Rstore KPT chairman with immediate effect

  16. Nadeem Saleh said:

    As my previous tenant, I can confirm that Mr. Zaidi is not someone who can be trusted. He left my house without settling his dues and every time I tried to contact him to meet to settle the matter, he was too busy being a “minister”. People like him in the Khan cabinet have a key role in bringing the PTI government into disrepute.

  17. Muqaddam Zafran Zaidi said:

    Ali Zaidi is a cinema operator and better suits to work with film industry not with ports and shipping. What a cinema operator will do with ministry of shipping – only corruption? Anyway IHC has realized his volume by reinstating the honest admiral back to his worship. Pakistan Zindabad

  18. Jalil Ahmed Baloch said:

    Adm Jamil Akhtar holds finest reputation in his parent service. He is regarded a competent n clean flag officer. It appears obviously fishy,way he was being removed but thankfully reinstated by honourable IHC.PTI holds many such characters like Zaidi in its ranks n files like any other political party. Pl ve mercy on this poor country Mr Zaidi as Ur deeds are not matching with PTI,s political narrative.

  19. FAYYAZ MALIK said:

    I being one of the name in acquaintances of Respectable Admiral RAJA JAMEEL AKHTAR, know since 80s through 90s, and new millennia, I may add to above that The Respected Admirals had been an upright officer through out his Service and being from SSG is highly qualified and decorated officer and I have seen him keeping his composure in all odds and keeping his chin high in even highest turbulence, like true and loyal officer.
    ‘ A DAY WILL COME IN OUR SOCIETY WHEN MOST HATED PERSON WILL BE THE WHO SPEAKS TRUTH IN ALL ODDS’
    So you can your self guess

  20. Mobin Bajwa said:

    @wasim Akram
    Your comments only reflect your gutter mentality and your background, Alas

  21. Kamran Hashmi said:

    I know Adm Jamil for the past 40 years, he is an honest and upright person. He did a lot to improve the working of KPT, the corrupt minister to be fired. It is astonishing that Minuster point of view has not been published.

  22. Amjad Noor said:

    It is a sorry state of affairs in KPT, ever since departure of its upright GM Operations Adm Asif Hameed Siddiqui, a deputy to incumbent Chairman. Surprisingly, his handling of largely corrupt people in & around KPT was so firm & fair that none of such complaints were heard during his entire tenure. A son of an honest govt office & brother of a Shaheed colleague, he took his job as an honest obligation and acted as buffer between Chairman & other mafia. His unceremonious departure raised many Question marks & no one in the system made any effort to retain him. Had he been There, he would have handled everyone astuateltly thus forestalling all what we are seeing now. I say this because of working and knowing Adm Asif Hameed for 4 decades in various capacities as his acumen in managing difficult situations in an afroit manner is simply superb.
    I wonder if someone has analyzed this fiasco on these lines?

  23. Amjad Noor said:

    It is a sorry state of affairs in KPT, ever since departure of its upright GM Operations Adm Asif Hameed Siddiqui, a deputy to incumbent Chairman. Surprisingly, his handling of largely corrupt people in & around KPT was so firm & fair that none of such complaints were heard during his entire tenure. A son of an honest govt officer & brother of a Shaheed colleague, he took his job as an honest obligation and acted as buffer between Chairman & other mafia. His unceremonious departure raised many questions & no one in the system made any effort to retain him. Had he been there, he would have handled everyone amicably thus forestalling all what we are seeing now. I say this because of working and knowing Adm Asif Hameed for 4 decades in various capacities as his acumen in managing difficult situations in an adroit manner is simply superb.
    I wonder if someone has analyzed this fiasco on these lines?

  24. Fawad Qizalbash said:

    All this look like ‘Karachi Walas’ Vs ‘Muree Brigade’.
    I have no doubt that Ali Zaidi, his advisors and MoMA team is incompetent and good only for photoshoots. Secterary MoMA Rizwan Ahmed BS-22 PAS is an egoistic corrupt and racist person. You may call him ‘BADBOODAR’ BIHARI.
    Can IK, Ali Zaidi or anyone else investigate ongoing corruption aka irregularities in MoMA and PNSC? Dare not as this low IQ Rizwan Ahmed is from DMG and batchmate of Fawad Hassan Fawad. I wonder how a low IQ like him can get to BS-22 and its is an amusement that he is a top advisor of Ali Zaidi.
    Iss mulk ka Allah hee hafiz hey.

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