Captive Nawaz Sharif Failed to answer a single question in Pakpattan Land Case
- A Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment team questioned Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail pertaining to the Pakpattan land case.
- The team asked Nawaz about grounds on which land was allotted as well as the officers who issued the orders for the allotment.
- Nawaz Sharif failed to recall a 34-year-old issue and the anti-corruption team handed over a questionnaire to him.
A Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) team interrogated Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat prison pertaining to the Pakpattan shrine land case.
A few days back, the Punjab anti-corruption department had granted permission to record the statement Nawaz Sharif in the Pakpattan land case.
The case relates to the allotment of 14,000-Kanal land, attached with the shrine of Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakar, to a man named Dewan Ghulam Qutabuddin and his 20 relatives. Nawaz Sharif allotted the land in 1982. At that time, Nawaz was the chief minister of Punjab.
Nawaz Grilled in Pakpattan Land Case:
The team asked Nawaz if he gave an advertisement in the newspaper regarding the allotment, he said:
“The documents are 34 years old so I don’t remember anything.”
The team then asked about grounds on which land was allotted and also about the officers who issued the orders for the allotment. “On what basis the land was allotted to Dewan Qutub?”
To this, Nawaz said that he didn’t remember as the case was decades old. However, all legal requirements were completed.
The former premier said:
“I do not remember the details but I had fulfilled all the legal requirements. I had worked under the parameters of the law and the constitution and I didn’t misuse my authority. I have always served the country.”
The anti-corruption watchdog questioned Nawaz Sharif for an hour and placed documents dated back to 1985 in front of him.
Background of the Case:
As per the revenue record from 1947 to 1958, Dewan Ghulam Qutab and his family used to be the owners of the shrine’s land.
Devans sold pieces of the land to different people until Jan 1, 1970, when the Punjab government notified Dewans the custodian of the shrine.
Later, the Dewan family moved the Lahore High Court but the case was decided against them. In 1986, the government withdrew its 1970 notification and the Dewan family was reciprocated by withdrawing their appeal before the Lahore High Court against the decision.
After this, the Dewan family resumed their land selling business. In the meantime, a 1981 case regarding land filed in a civil court reached the Supreme Court by 2015.
The suo moto of the land deals of the shrine was taken by the apex court chief justice and he summoned officials of the revenue and Auqaf departments and the Dewans.
After few hearings, the Supreme Court declared notification of Aug 28, 1986, illegal all land deals done since then. Reportedly, the decision had affected 100,000 residents of different localities.
Last year, the Dewan family filed a review petition for the defense of their right to sell the land with the Supreme Court against its 2015 decision.
The former Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had visited the Baba Farid shrine in 2018 and promised justice in the case.