Largest land scam in Punjab unearthed

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3-member probe body formed

Observer Report

Lahore—The biggest land scandal of 193,000 kanal land grabbed through verdicts of fake courts, lawyers, judges and witnesses has been unearthed.
The heinous crime has taken place in the presence of police and anti-corruption cell but no one from the authorities took any action to stop it.
Taking advantage of government officials’ negligence, fraudulent groups prepared bogus documents over night claiming the ownership of respective lands.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif immediately took notice of the matter and constituted a three-member committee in this regard.
Shahbaz Sharif directed that all the characters of this huge scam should be unveiled as he asked the relevant departments to submit their reports immediately.
The probe committee comprising of Secretary Board of Revenue, Secretary Live Stock and Director General LDA would look into the matter. Meanwhile, DG Anti-Corruption has also convened an emergency meeting in this regard.
A resident of Lahore’s Samanabad area, Chaudhry Arshad has been found prime suspect as he started this trick some 14 years ago by providing fake documents showing proprietary rights of the fraud groups.
Sources told that some of the lawyers also joined hands with Arshad in looting innocent people while the authorized courts were also unaware of their wrong deeds.
The fraudsters used to approach local land record officers if anyone wanted to change their property.
The actual revelation was revealed when a local Saeed Ahmed tried to fight the case of his 3800 kanal land in real court that took four years to prove his stance, a TV channel reported.
Legal experts said Saeed Bari was able to get his land back after civil judges confirmed about no record of any decision announced in 1968.
On the other hand, the key suspect forgot that he was only 12 years old at the time when he was preparing 1962’s judicial verdict.
In another case, Arshad used signature of civil judge Salman Nabi two months before his appointment.
The country’s worst judicial condition and continuous protests of lawyers also intensified the land scam.