• Thursday, December 13, 2018

Case of illegal construction of shops on the land of Pakpattan shrine

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  1. ghazi52

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    ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for the first time after his disqualification in July 2017 regarding the suo motu case pertaining to the illegal construction of shops on the land of Pakpattan shrine in 1985.

    During hearing, the CJP hinted at forming a Joint Investigation Team to probe the matter to which the PML-N founder said his experience with the JIT has not been very pleasant and requested the CJP to consider investigations from someone else.

    On this, the courtroom burst into laughter.

    The CJP remarked that a leader like you who had been the prime minister thrice should have been clear of such controversies.

    The bench also offered the ex-PM to investigate the issue on his own.

    Nawaz said the Secretary Auqaf might have used his powers to de-notify the notification. On this, the CJP said the Secretary has no such authority and this should be probed and asked him to suggest mode of inquiry.

    It is a 32-years old case and I can't recall the details, Nawaz added.

    The SC on Nov 14 had ordered the PML-N supremo to appear before it in person.

    Nawaz appear before the apex court in a 33-year old case involving illegal allotment of Auqaf Department’s land, measuring about 14,400 kanals in Pakpattan, to an individual, Dewan Ghulam Qutab, in 1985-86 in violation of a Lahore High Court order.

    The precious Auqaf land is situated around revered Sufi saint Baba Faridud Din Ganj Shakar’s shrine in Pakpattan. According to the Punjab Auqaf Department’s lawyer Syed Zaheer Sagheer, Nawaz Sharif has been accused of illegally transferring Auqaf’s land to Dewan Ghulam Qutab.

    This was the time when Nawaz was serving as the Punjab chief Minister. In November 2018, in his written reply, Nawaz Sharif had told the court that the then chief administrator, Yousuf Khan, had issued a notification for land transfer without taking him into confidence.

    Sharif had contended in his reply that nothing in the afore-mentioned notification had suggested that it was issued on the orders of the then Punjab chief minister. In response to the court’s order, Sharif’s Counsel, Munawar Iqbal, had prayed that his client (Nawaz Sharif) did not recall having ever passed any such order attributed to him.

    He had added: “The Chief Administrator of Auqaf had actually issued a notification of withdrawal by exercising his own powers and nothing in this notification suggests that it was done on the orders of the then Punjab Chief Minister.”

    The chief justice had then asked Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer: “Have you ever met Nawaz Sharif?” The counsel had stated: “I have met my client regarding the matter.” The chief justice said if Nawaz Sharif had not given the order and fraud had been committed, the matter could be referred to NAB for filing of a reference against him.

    The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had then rejected Nawaz Sharif’s written statement and had asked him to appear before the court on December 4 in the Pakpattan shrine land case.

    During the November hearing, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, had asked: “Was permission given to construct stores on the Auqaf Department’s land? And if yes, then under which law was the permission granted?”

    The chief justice had also asked as to who was the Auqaf secretary of the time when the land was allotted? The chief justice had asserted: “We will issue a notice to him as well.” Additional Advocate General Punjab had informed the chief justice that the then Auqaf secretary had passed away.

    Meanwhile, Auqaf Department’s lawyer, Syed Zaheer Sagheer, told Jang Group and Geo Television Network that in 2015, former chief justice Nasirul Mulk had actually taken a suo motu notice of illegal allotment of the shrine land to individuals in 1985 in violation of the LHC order.

    He maintained: “The land is worth billions of rupees today. The Auqaf Department is basically contending that despite its resistance more than three decades ago, Nawaz Sharif had issued a directive through the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to allot this land to the Dewan family of Pakpattan.

    The former Punjab chief minister has denied any wrongdoing in the court, but the fact remains that the Auqaf Department had sent him a summary whereby expressing its reservations about giving back the state land to the custodiansof Hazrat Baba Farid’s shrine for personal commercial interests.”

    Zaheer had gone on to say: “During the late 1960’s, when the Auqaf Department had retrieved this state land from the Dewans, they had moved court. They had first lost the case in lower court and then the Lahore High Court had ruled against them. After losing the initial litigation bouts, the Dewans had then contacted the-then Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1985-86, who had consented to their request and the land was given back to the Dewans by the government on his directives. The Chief Minister’s Secretariat had ordered to release of confiscated land to the Dewans and the Chief Administrator of the time had acted on orders of Nawaz Sharif. The Dewans had then sold the property and a few tenants had moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan that Auqaf land cannot be sold out by private individuals. This is when the-then Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk had taken a suo motu in this case. How can a chief minister absolve himself of his responsibility and shrug shoulders when a notification involving land worth billions was issued right under his nose by his personal staff?”.

    The hearing of the case was adjourned for a week.
     
  2. Rusty

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    Nawaz has turned into a laughing stock.

    Nawaz's story will be turned into a cautionary tale for gneerations to come.

    The man who would be king is not being laughed at by the world.
     
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    So another case on Nawaz. Auqaf was sleeping for 32 years (interesting) when in the meantime the land was sold to many and government collected taxes. Another political drama at the expense of poor people who may well lose their life savings.
     
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    Its not a drama.

     
  5. I FLY HIGH

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    There is no bigger joke than IK who is the biggest joke from eggs to kattas to economy to govt to mid term elections to cocaine to sin tax etc .
     
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    Rusty SENIOR MEMBER

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    I'm sorry but I will take the word of Bill Gates over stunted growth patwaris.
     
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    Atleast he is not a suwar like your papa Nawaz Sharif
     
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  8. Shah01

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    (will watch video later on) Why now and why not get the Auqaf minister of the time to present his side? What about the thousands of people affected by this (some estimated at around 100k).