Each state institution involved in real estate affairs: IHC CJ

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday adjourned the hearing until January 26, in a case relating to the enforcement of a 2002 police order.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case. Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan appeared in court.

At the start of the hearing, the Chief Justice noted that every state institution had been involved in the real estate cases.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) ran a large housing company, he said, adding that even senior Home Office officials were involved in the matter. The court observed that a prisoner had sent a letter from Bhakar prison and said that the whole state apparatus was allegedly involved in this matter. The court said the real culprits have not been arrested, adding that this city has become the captured elite.

The court further stated that the police department is also developing a housing company and on the other hand, the citizens are facing problems.

Justice Minallah asked who would take care of the citizens’ problems, adding that the land grabbing could not be done without the help of the station officer and the “Patwaris”. The court said the police order was imposed in 2015 and had repeatedly called for its implementation. The court noted that the police were trained in conducting investigations.

The court asked the respondents to say within four weeks how the conflicts of interest could be controlled. The attorney general said he would take the matter to the prime minister and also consult with the home secretary. The hearing of the case was then adjourned until January 26.

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