Nawaz served notice in 1985 Pakpattan shrine land case

09 Oct, 2018 2:23 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued another notice to disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif for misusing authority as Punjab chief minister in Pakpattan shrine’s land in 1985.

A three member-bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu case pertaining to illegal construction of shops on Pakpattan shrine’s land in 1985. Defence lawyer Iftekhar Gillani and Punjab auditor general appeared before the court.

During the hearing, the bench was informed that 8,000 kanal land of the Pakpattan shrine belonging to the Auqaf department was sold as per an order in 1985 to Dewan Ghulam Qutab. “However, later the Auqaf department declared it a charitable endowment and a court judgment has also been passed in this regard,” the bench was further told.

CJ Nisar and defence lawyer Iftekhar Gillani exchanged harsh words. The top judge questioned, “Under which law, the shops were built on the shrine land?” the chief justice also remarked that under which law was the permission granted to Nawaz Sharif for giving Auqaf land,” he added.

The bench then issued notices to 8,000 people including then Chief Minister of Punjab Nawaz Sharif in Pakpattan shrine land and the court adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period.

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