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Accountability court in Lahore acquits Mir Shakil of a property transaction which took place 30 years ago

The court also issued an order to release all the seized properties of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman of Jang/Geo Media Group.

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Lahore acquitted today acquitted Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Jang/Geo Media Group editor-in-chief in a case pertaining to a property transaction, which took place more than 30 years ago. 

Accountability court today announced that no charges could be proved against the suspects and they are declared innocents. 

The court also issued an order to release all the seized properties of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman of Jang/Geo Media Group.

In previous hearing, Amjad Perviz, counsel of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman submitted an application with the court under Section 265-k seeking his client’s acquittal with the plea that there was nothing in the evidence presented against the client.

In November 2020, the Supreme Court had granted bail to Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, who stayed in the custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for eight months.

Timeline of the Case

In 1986, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman purchased 54 canals of private property in the Johar Town area of ​​Lahore. Based on this purchase, NAB had summoned him on March 5, 2020 and Mir Shakil had presented all documents of the land and also recorded his statement. However, NAB summoned him again on March 12 and arrested him.

Experts said the arrest was unwarranted as NAB law does not allow the arrest of any businessman during an inquiry. The land was allotted according to the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) rules and regulations, with the formal approval of the competent authorities, and in accordance with the LDA Exemption policy at that time.

All payments were made according to the government approved rates, just like all other allottees. In the entire process, no law was violated, and no loss was caused to the national exchequer.

Interestingly, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif was nominated in the reference as the then Punjab chief minister while former DG LDA Humayun Faiz and Mian Bashir Ahmad were also nominated in the case by the NAB.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.

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