Nawaz illegally transferred Pakpattan Shrine Land: SC told

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan was informed that then chief minister of Punjab Nawaz Sharif illegally transferred land of the Pakpattan shrine in 1985.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case pertaining to the transfer of 14,000 kanals of land of the Pakpattan shrine to Dewan Ghulam Qutab in 1985. Nawaz was the then-chief minister of Punjab province when the land in question was transferred.

As the hearing went under way, Dr Hussain Asghar, the head of the joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe to the case, submitted an inquiry report.

The inquiry report stated that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was then-chief minister of Punjab province, had illegally transferred the land. “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,” the JIT head informed the court.

Further, the chief justice remarked, “What if we consider asking the anti-corruption department to file a case. If an investigation is conducted then no one will be spared.”

Dr Asghar further said, “Then secretary to the chief minister admitted that the notification was withdrawn on the chief minister’s directives.”

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