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No one to be allowed to mete out unjust treatment to minorities: CJP.

ISLAMABAD -- Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked no one will be allowed to mete out unjust treatment to the minorities and the matter of sale of their land is illegal and constitutional.

A 3-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) headed by the CJP took up the case of sale of minorities land for hearing Friday.

CJP remarked "the treatment meted out by the authorities to the minorities like this is matter of shame. The minorities are given equal rights and respect in Pakistan. No one will be allowed to mete out unjust treatment to the minorities. The matter related to sale of minorities land is illegal and unconstitutional".

At the inception of hearing Hamid Khan Counsel for former chairman Asif Hashmi appeared in the court.

He told the court that his client was in Saudi Arabia in connection with performance of Umrah. " I have contacted him and informed him about your orders. He has informed that he will reach Pakistan within a week". Therefore, more time be allowed, he requested.

DHA submitted report that a sum of Rs 986 million were earned out of sale of minorities land to DHA. These agreements were executed between DHA and two companies. Later this amount plus interest has reached the level of Rs 2.97 billion.

The court ordered that passports of chief executives of both the companies including Sharjil and Hammad be furnished to the court.

During the course of hearing, Hammad told the court he had purchased this company one year before while this agreement relates to 2009. He told that he had neither received the money nor had he used it.

The court rejected his arguments remarking that he was responsible being the owner of the company.

The court ordered the two companies including Alizam and Island to deposit a sum of Rs 986 million with registrar SC till June 10 which was received by them due to sale of minorities land to DHA .

The court warned if the amount was not deposited within stipulated period then it can fix the case for rehearing on June, 11. The cases can be registered and arrests can be made as well, court added.

The court also ordered Asif Hashmi to appear before it on June, 14 in person.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till June, 14.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jun 8, 2013
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