A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, is hearing the petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi seeking the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen.
At the last hearing on Tuesday, Tareen’s counsel, Sikandar Bashir Mohmand, failed to submit the lease record of agriculture land owned by the leader, citing a shortage of time as the reason.
He informed the bench that 18,500 acres were acquired by his client in 2010 on a lease. The counsel further said Tareen grows sugar, mangos, and cotton on his farms and then set up a sugar mill in 2002.
Mohmand added that the PTI leader has been an agriculturalist since 1978.
The chief justice remarked that the lease agreements are not registered and failed to mention where and how much the land in question is.
“You need to satisfy us that the person from whom land was taken on lease was the owner of the land. We want to see the record of the revenue department first, as only that will tell the situation on the ground,” the chief justice observed.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial observed that suspicion is arising that the land may have been procured in someone else’s name.
At an earlier hearing on October 5, the bench, while observing discrepancies in Tareen’s assets, had sought the record of the 18,564 acres of land.