SC raises questions on ownership of Tareen’s 18,500-acre land

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Jahangir Tareen has been an agriculturist since 1978. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, is hearing the petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Hanif Abbasi seeking the disqualification of Tareen and PTI Chairman Imran Khan for non-disclosure of his assets and ownership of offshore companies.
As the hearing began, Tareen’s counsel, Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, informed the court he could not submit the lease record due to a shortage of time.
He informed the bench that 18,500 acres were acquired by his client in 2010 on lease. He said Tareen grows sugar, mangos, and cotton on his farms and then set up a sugar mill in 2002.
The chief justice remarked that the lease agreements are not registered and fail to mention where and how much the land in question is.
“You need to satisfy us that the person from whom land was taken on lease was the owner of the land. We want to see the record of the revenue department first, as only that will tell the situation on the ground,” the chief justice observed.

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