ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a notice to then chief minister of Punjab Nawaz Sharif in a suo motu case pertaining to illegal construction of shops on Pakpattan shrine’s land in 1985.
Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar headed by a three member bench, heard the suo motu case.
Additional advocate general Punjab and Dewan Ghulam Qutab’s lawyer Iftikhar Gilani appeared before the court for the hearing today.
As the hearing went under way, 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.
Justice Nisar then asked, “Was permission given to construct stores on the Auqaf department’s land 29 years ago? And if yes, then under which law was the permission granted?”
The chief justice also questioned who the Auqaf secretary was in 1985. “We will issue a notice to him as well,” he remarked. The additional advocate general Punjab informed the chief justice that then Auqaf secretary has passed away.
Justice Nisar then questioned, “Under which law was the notification taken back?” To this, Iftikhar Gilani said, “The land was taken back as per the same authority under which it was given.”