ZAHID GISHKORI & ASMA GHANI
ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday while taking action on a news report published in daily TheNation on October 9, 2009 directed the PML-Q MNA Ghulam Bibi Bharwana to appear before the court in a land dispute case.
The mother of Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Saleem Bibi Bharwana, and her mother-in-law, Mussarat Bibi Bhrwana, have also been summoned by the honourable court for submission of their viewpoints in regard with alleged land scam.
The Chief Justice directed Additional Chief Commissioner Lahore, Assistant Land Commissioners Sargodha and Jhang, and DCO Jhang to appear before the court with complete record of the said land within a period of three weeks. The notice has also been served on Commissioner Revenue Board, Lahore, for submission of detailed documents within the said time period.
The Chief Justice took action on an application of Muhammad Yaqoob, who was representing 42 families, which have been seeking justice since many years. He alleged the sitting PML-Q MNA from NA-87 for grabbing the said land given to them (applicants) by the late prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1975.
It is pertinent to mention here that the affected families set up a protest camp here in front of National Press Club three months back. They hope that the media and independent judiciary will help them recover their 783 kanals of land which, they allege, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana grabbed with the help of revenue department in 2003.
These families have been homeless and unemployed since 2003 and most of them are illiterate and poor and harvesting was their only source of income. They appealed to the Chief Justice to decide their case as soon as possible so that they could return to their hometown.