Ex-PM Nawaz appears before Supreme Court in Pakpattan Shrine land case

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar hinted at constituting a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe a case concerning allotment of Auqaf property attached to the shrine of Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Masud Ganj Shakar in Pakpattan.

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the apex court earlier today in connection to the case dating back to1985, which involves illegal allotment of Auqaf Department’s land in Pakpattan to an individual, Dewan Ghulam Qutab, in violation of a Lahore High Court order. Nawaz was the chief minister of Punjab province when the land in question was transferred.

The suo motu case was heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Faisal Arab. The bench had summoned the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo to appear before the court on December 4 (today) to explain his position in the case.

As the hearing went under way, the chief justice suggested to form a JIT to probe the matter; Nawaz, however, remarked that his experience with JITs had not particularly been pleasant.

The court then adjourned the hearing for a week.

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