CJP asks Malik Riaz to give Rs 1tr or build a dam
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar Thursday asked Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz to pay at least 1 trillion rupees to discuss a land swapping case against him on merit, further suggesting that the property tycoon can also opt for building a dam instead.
A five-member bench of the SC was hearing review petitions filed by Bahria Town and its investors against the top court’s judgement in a land allotment case which declared a massive land swap between Bahria Town Karachi and the Malir Development Authority (MDA) illegal. On a point raised by an investor that their investments were being affected, Justice Nisar said, “So you are saying that we should forgive them Bahria Town no matter how much they have plundered?”
Deliberating on the stance, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa wondered if the court should make an exception for illegal work just because the development done on it was excellent. When inquired if the MDA incurred any losses in the controversial exchange, the authority’s counsel replied in negative saying that the MDA did not suffer any losses.
Justice Saqib Nisar remarked, “Malir says it did not suffer any losses, the Sindh govt says it did not suffer any losses.” “That they are all in it together,” he observed. The top judge remarked that MDA’s managing director should be sent to jail.