An inquiry report submitted on Tuesday (Jan 15) by joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe to the Pakpattan land case has accused former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif for illegal transfer of Pakpattan shrine land in 1985. Nawaz was the then-chief minister of Punjab province when the land in question was transferred.
Dr Hussain Asghar, the head of JIT submitted report before a Supreme court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib. The inquiry report stated that “The first inquiry report submitted in 2015 held the then-chief minister responsible, however, in 2016 another report was prepared and the then provincial chief minister’s name was removed from it”. At this, the chief justice remarked, “That time is now over. A third report will not be prepared.”
JIT head further said “The land of Hujra Shah Muqeem and Hafiz Jamal shrine were also transferred by Nawaz during the same tenure.” Justice Nisar added, “The lands of these shrines were allotted in 1986.” The chief justice then asked, “Under which law did then chief minister Punjab take back the notification for the land which was donated? How was property that was donated sold?” Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked, “District judge and the high court had ordered that the notification of the donated land cannot be withdrawn. Then under which law was the notification withdrawn?” In repose, Nawaz’s counsel, Munawar Dogal, said, “My client earlier denied withdrawing the notification.”
Supreme Court then directed Nawaz Sharif and Punjab government to submit reply in Pakpattan shrine land transfer case in two weeks.
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25 August, 2019