SC summons Nawaz Sharif in Pakpattan shrine case
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed Mr. Nawaz to appear before the bench in capacity of then chief minster of Punjab.
Nawaz Sharif, as Punjab chief minister, had allegedly allotted 1,800 kanal land of Auqaf around Pakpattan shrine to an individual Dewan Ghulam Qutab in violation of the high court orders.
During course of proceedings, Munawar Iqbal submitted reply before the bench in compliance with earlier court orders. However the bench rejected it.
Chief Justice remarked that how the then chief minster could transfer a shrine’s property to Dewan Ghulam Qutab, adding who gave such right to the CM to bypass the court orders. However, Barrister Munawar argued that the former chief minister did not sign the de-notification summary.
The Chief Justice said that do you know what are you saying, I am sure Mr. Nawaz even did not know about the merits of the case. The lawyer replied and said that he met him (Nawaz Sharif) and submitted the reply with his consent.
While showing dissatisfaction with the reply, the bench ordered Sharif to appear personally before the bench on December 4 and clear his stance.
Last month, the top court had directed the former prime minister to submit a reply within two weeks after Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo moto notice over illegal construction of shops on Pakpattan shrine’s land.