LHC rejects plea in Nawaz Sharif land transfer case

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LAHOR:

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected a plea in which the petitioner asked for the transfer of the land he had bought from former Prime Minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his nephew Yousaf Abbas in his name.

A division bench, headed by Judge Shahid Waheed, rejected the plea filed by Muhammad Ashraf Malik. The petitioner prayed that he would buy land of 88 kanals and five marlas from the Sharifs and appealed to the LHC to transfer them to his name.

Malik had argued that the land in Sheikhupura belonged to the leader of the PML-N, while his nephew, Nawaz’s lawyer, had entered into a sale agreement with the petitioner.

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On May 30, 2019, approximately Rs7 crore was credited to the account of the former Prime Minister, following which physical possession of the land was handed over to the petitioner.

Subsequently, the respondent Nawaz Sharif was arrested in a criminal case due to which the respondents did not carry out the deed of sale.

However, in September 2019, the petitioner filed a complaint with the Sheikhupura Civil Court. But since no one from the Respondents’ side showed up, they were declared ex-parte to the case and the action was dismissed.

Following this, Malik challenged the decision of the LHC Civil Court.

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Hearing the plea on Monday, Judge Waheed asked counsel for the petitioner whether a document of the sale had been produced in civil court.

The lawyer informed the court that the deed of sale was with Abbas, adding that proof of the transfer to bank accounts was with them, which would also be reflected in Nawaz’s bank statement.

“Transfer [an] amount in anyone’s account doesn’t mean you bought the land, ”observed the LHC judge.

After hearing the details, Judge Shahid Waheed dismissed the plea with costs.

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