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LAHORE: Ahead of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rally in Multan, the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Punjab arrested Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and former minister Abdul Ghaffar Dogar from his residence early on Sunday on charges of illegally occupying a house of a citizen after "fraudulently" preparing its sale deed.

PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz while sharing the pictures of Dogar with her and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Twitter strongly reacted to the arrest and said that the upcoming public gathering of the PDM in Multan will take place as per the schedule, November 30th.

"Despite using immoral tactics, this incompetent and puppet government cannot deter the spirit of our workers and supporters. The (only) crime of Abdul Ghaffar Dogar is that he is following the narrative of Nawaz Sharif," she said, adding that this government is so afraid of the PML-N that it starts crackdown on its workers in an area where they plan to hold a rally.

During the last three days, the ACE Punjab remained quite active against the PML-N senior leaders as it registered multiple FIRs involving former ministers and their children. On Friday, the ACE booked PML-N former federal minister Ghulam Dastgir Khan for illegally engineering the misplacement of government record of an encroached piece of state land. The next day, the ACE booked PML-N senior leader Khwaja Asif's wife, a Sialkot former mayor and ex-PML-N MPA from Chunian Ahsan Raza in the illegal housing scam.

Talking to Business Recorder, an ACE spokesperson dispelled the notion that they were targeting any particular party or person in their "across the board" crackdown against owners and beneficiaries of illegal housing societies in Punjab. He said the action against Dogar was taken after deputy commissioner Multan region recommended action him for illegally occupying the house of complainant Mazhar Javed by preparing a "fake" sale deed.

The spokesperson said the land in question, measuring one kanal and one marla, actually belongs to Mazhar Javed according to the revenue department's record.

Mazhar, who was the third owner of the land, had obtained a loan from the Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) after pledging his house. After he remained unable to pay leasing amount, the bank decided to auction the property to get back its money. In the meantime, Abdul Ghaffar showed up and stopped the auction process by presenting a sale deed dated back to 1998. However, the sale deed was found bogus because it had the registry number of 2001, added the spokesperson.

According to the FIR registered on the complaint of DC Multan, the complainant Muhammad Mazhar Javed got pledged the land in question in favour of MCB Lohari Gate Branch and obtained a loan through registered mortgaged deed No.8457/1, dated 01.09.2003 and mutation No.45596 was also sanctioned in favour of the bank.

"On account of default of the loan, the MCB filed a case before the banking court, Multan, and ordered sale of the land in question through open auction. The court auctioneer got published proclamation for the sale of the land through open auction for 22.04.2014 but Abdul Ghaffar Dogar could not get completed the auction proceeding on account of forged and fake agreement to sell No.3067, dated 15.04.1998," the FIR states.

Meanwhile, the FIR says that a report from patwari Mouza Taraf, Juma Khalsa, and record keeper of the Registration Branch was sought. The patwari reported that according to the record, Kaneez Akhtar sold the land in lieu of Rs 16,00,000/- to Bushra Sultana through registered sale deed No.5510/1, dated 28.07.2001 and for that a mutation No.422IO, dated 15.09.2001 was sanctioned and in this regard.

Afterwards, Bushra sold the land in lieu of Rs 3,00,000/- to Muhammad Mazhar Javed through registered sale deed No.7907/1, dated 15.08.2003 and in this regard a mutation No.45595, dated 04.12.2003 was sanctioned through rapat No.626, dated 25.10.2003 in the revenue record of Mouza Taraf Juma Khalsa.

Later, the purchaser, Muhammad Mazhar Javed, pledged the land in favour of MCB Lohari Gate Branch Multan in lieu of a loan amounting to Rs 1,00,000/- through registered mortgaged deed No.8457/1, dated 01.09.2003 and in this regard a mortgaged mutation No.45596, dated 04.12.2003 was sanctioned and rapat No.627, dated 25.10.2003 was also incorporated in the favour of the MCB in the revenue record.

The DC said in the FIR that the land is still under mortgaged in favour of MCB according to existing record of rights for the year-2008-09. A stay in respect of civil suit titled as Abdul Ghaffar Dogar versus Kaneez Akhtar etc is also entered in the revenue record through rapat No.541, dated 26.09.2011.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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