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Conversion of Dar’s House into Shelter home stayed by LHC

LAHORE: LHC has issued a stay order against the conversion of Ishaq Dar’s house into shelter home here today.

According to details, while hearing Dar’s wife’s petition regarding the matter, LHC’s Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan issued the orders. It was pleaded in the petition that their house was illegally changed into a shelter home and that the government was targeting them.

Petitioner held: “Punjab government’s move is against the law and constitution. The Punjab government went against the high court’s order when it converted the house.” Court had directed the provincial government to submit its response within 10 days.

Relevant pieces published earlier:

Dar’s house converted into shelter home

7th of February, 2020

LONDON: Former finance minister Ishaq Dar took to the Twitter to comment on conversion of his house into a shelter home by Punjab Government and termed the move as an unprecedented political victimization against opposition leaders.

PML-N leader held: “I have just come to know that nexus of Imran Niazi and Punjab government has designated my residence for homeless after failing in their bid to auction the property.”

Dar announced that he will file a contempt of court application against the provincial government for violating IHC’s directives of 28th January.

It is pertinent to mention here that IHC had barred the officials from auctioning Dar’s Gulberg residence on his wife Tabassum Ishaq’s petition against AC’s verdict.

Court turns down plea against auctioning Dar’s property

7th of November, 2019

ISLAMABAD: An Accountability Court here has today turned down a plea against the auctioning of Ishaq Dar’s Lahore property. 

According to details former Finance Minister’s wife Tabassum Dar had pleaded that the house was gifted to her. But the judge of Accountability Court Mohammad Bashir in the verdict maintained that the petitioner had failed to substantiate her claim.  

Judge Mohammad Bashir deferred (till 13th of November) the decision on her plea for permission to withdraw money from  her husband’s accounts. It is pertinent to mention here that following the filing of a reference against Dar in the accountability court in September last year.

NAB had seized all of Dar’s movable and immovable assets, including a house in Gulberg III, Lahore; three plots in Al Falah Housing Society, Lahore; six acres of land in Islamabad; a two-kanal plot in Parliamentarians Enclave, Islam­abad; a plot in the Senate Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad; a plot measuring two kanals and another of nine marlas in Islamabad and six vehicles.

According to NAB Dar had acquired in his name and/or in the names of his dependents’ assets worth Rs. 831.7m, which was disproportionate to his known sources of income. On 2nd day of Oct, 2018, Judge Bashir had attached Dar’s properties with the Punjab government and as per rules allowed its auction.

Dar’s wife Tabassum filed an application in the accountability court against the confiscation of the property of her husband after he was declared an absconder in the reference filed by NAB. Mrs. Dar contended that her husband had verbally gifted the property to her on 14th Feb, 1989, in lieu of her dower amount.

Tabassum Dar said that since she had accepted the gift and was residing there, NAB had erroneously shown the property as an asset of Dar. She had requested the court to cancel the order for the auction of the property. NAB maintained that the property was was registered in the name of Dar in the revenue record.

Hissan Sheikh

Karachi's S M Law College graduate Hissan Sheikh writes on crime and local politics etc.