LAHORE: As the Anti-Corruption Establishment has launched investigation into alleged grabbing of the property owned by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the government has asked the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to provide complete details related to acquisition of the aforementioned land for the Lahore Improvement Trust.
ACE Director General Gohar Nafees told Dawn it had received reports that the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Trust land had been illegally occupied in Gulberg and Ichhra.
“We have sought record from the revenue department and initiated action against the illegal occupants,” Mr Nafees said, adding notices had also been issued to the LDA officials concerned in this regard.
However, the revenue department has provided brief information related to the Quaid’s land, its initial transfer to his own trust etc., to the ACE.
According to officials, a report compiled by Ichhra Patwar circle, Model Town tehsil, on the orders of additional district collector (revenue), reveals that Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Khan Mamdot and Sir Nawab Shah Nawaz Khan had purchased 324 kanal bearing transfer mutation (Intiqal) number 1769, 1768, 1767 and 1766. Later, they sold the entire land to Quaid-i-Azam who further transferred this to his trust (Quid-i-Azam Trust) run by Ms Fatima Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan through Intiqal number 1891.
“Of the total land, over 268 kanal were, later, acquired by the government and transferred to LIT. Later the government further acquired 13 kanal, 12 marla and 157 feet from the remaining land. However its record couldn’t be verified through examining of the land/revenue record,” the report says.
It further reveals that Quaid-i-Azam Trust still owned 42 kanal, eight marla and eight feet. But in the possession portion of the record, the name of LIT is mentioned. “Therefore, the LDA is asked to submit detailed report about the Quaid’s land, its transfers to LIT, acquisition, possession etc.”
According to ACE, the Quaid-i-Azam’s Trust land comprised over 324 kanals in Icchra and Gulberg. “The LIT had acquired land measuring 281 kanal in early 1950s and remaining plots were exempted in favour of the trust measuring 39 kanal – four residential, one industrial and one commercial plots.