ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court on Wednesday during the hearing of Pakpattan Shrine Land Case sought an answer from parties within 15 days.
A three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal heard a case pertaining to a plea to transfer a sou-moto case in Pakpattan Shrine Land Scandal.
Justice Umar Atta during the hearing questioned that the land is owned by Shrine or the Auqaf department. To which, the court was told that the Auqaf department only takes care of the land it does not own any property.
At which, Justice Atta in his remarks said that how a Chief Minister can allot a granted land to an irrelevant person by signing just one summary.
To which Nawaz’s counsel told the court that this land was allotted to the head of the Shrine for care-taking purposes and he sold it to someone else. And secretary Auqaf issued the later of the cancellation of allotment, Nawaz’s as a Chief Minister has nothing to do with that.
To which, Justice Atta said that the land of the government has to be protected and the summary was approved by the Chief Minister Punjab Nawaz Sharif, that was a complete violation of the court’s orders.
The top court in its remarks said that we wanted to know the facts of the matter, and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was formed to probe the matter.
The court, later on, sought a detailed report from the parties and adjourned the case’s hearing till after Eid.
It is pertinent to mention here that JIT has declared that the then CM Punjab Nawaz Sharif is responsible.