Lahore HC: Pakistan military ‘largest land grabber’

Pakistan’s chief of military employees Qamar Javed Bajwa.

LAHORE: In a uncommon rebuke of Pakistan’s highly effective military, the Lahore excessive courtroom has referred to as it the nation’s “largest land grabber” and stated its uniform is for the service to the nation and “to not rule as a king”.
Lahore excessive courtroom (LHC) Chief Justice Mohammad Qasim Khan, through the listening to of a land grabbing case on Wednesday, stated that he doesn’t need to say something fallacious in regards to the military, however the way in which it occupies the properties of individuals is nothing however land grabbing.
“The military appears to have turn into the most important land grabber within the nation,” he stated.
“The uniform of the military is for service and to not rule as a king,” he stated whereas listening to petitions of three residents searching for an order towards the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), which is underneath the military, to not disturb their lawful possession of the land they’d obtained on lease from the Evacuee Belief Property Board.
Regretting that the military had additionally grabbed a chunk of land owned by the excessive courtroom, Justice Khan stated that he would instruct the LHC registrar to put in writing a letter to the Chief of the Military Employees (Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa) on the problem.
The bar additionally remained detached to the problem, he lamented.
The chief justice stated the Corps Commander of Lahore could possibly be summoned to confirm the land grabbing information.
The military, which has dominated Pakistan for greater than half of its 70 plus years of existence, has hitherto wielded appreciable energy within the a number of issues of safety and international coverage.
He noticed that the military had a pretty post-retirement welfare plan for its officers, which different establishments like police and judiciary lacked.
“Is it solely the military that makes sacrifices? Do different establishments just like the police, attorneys and judges not make sacrifices?” the chief justice requested.
Justice Khan stated that nobody has ever dared to refuse submitting a reply in his courtroom throughout his 11-year keep within the LHC.
To a query, the counsel for the housing authority stated that retired military officers work within the DHA. Nevertheless, its administrator was a serving officer.
The chief justice directed the DHA administrator and Lahore police chief Ghulam Mahmood Dogar to seem earlier than the courtroom.
Justice Khan requested Dogar to raised go away the job if he couldn’t take any motion towards the unlawful occupations by the DHA. As he ordered the police officer to lodge an FIR if he acquired any software towards the DHA.


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