DHA counsel asks LHC to expunge ‘land grabber’ remarks

Observer Report

The Defence Housing Authority’s counsel on Thursday asked the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Qasim Khan to expunge remarks made by the chief justice a day ago in which he termed the army as the “biggest land grabber”.

On Wednesday, the chief justice, while hearing petitions of three citizens seeking an order against the DHA to not disturb their lawful possession of the land they had obtained on lease from the Evacuee Trust Property Board, had lashed out at the DHA for its involvement in “illegal” occupation of lands and regretted that the army seemed to have become the “biggest land grabber”.

He had regretted that the army had also grabbed a piece of land measuring 50-kanal owned by the high court and added that he would instruct the LHC registrar to write a letter to the army chief in this regard.

Presiding over the hearing Thursday, CJ Khan said no one should occupy another’s land.

The DHA’s counsel, Altafur Rehman Khan, said that the remarks uttered by the chief justice against the army in Wednesday’s hearing had caused concern in the institution.