Pakpattan land alottment case: Nawaz arrives at SC for hearing

Pakpattan land alottment case: Nawaz arrives at SC for hearing

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Islamabad, Dec 4 : Former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif arrived at the Supreme Court on Tuesday for the hearing of a case in connection with illegal construction of shops in Waqf property attached to Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Masud Ganj Shakar in Pakpattan.

Sharif was the chief minister of Punjab when the incident took place in 1986. He ordered withdrawal of a notification of December 17, 1969 and allegedly allotted huge lands of Auqaf around Pakpattan to Dewan Ghulam Qutab in violation of the high court order, Dawn reported.

Earlier, the former prime minister was asked by an SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to present himself today in connection with the case.

The court, at the last hearing, had wondered over how a chief minister could change a high court verdict and allot the properties to an individual.

"You have put at stake the political career of a three-time prime minister," the CJP had observed, while rejecting the reply furnished by Barrister Munawar Iqbal on behalf of Sharif.

"I am sure that Sharif does not even have an idea what the case is all about," CJP Nisar had observed, directing the former prime minister to appear before the court and explain why he withdrew the notification.

Sharif, in his reply, had requested the court to discharge the notice issued to him in the interest of justice, adding that the case at hand was a very old matter having taken place about 32 years ago and, therefore, he did not recall having ever passed any order of withdrawal purportedly attributed to him being the chief minister of Punjab at the time. (UNI)