Jang Group editor-in-chief Mir Shakilur Rehman and two others have been found not guilty in a case pertaining to a decades-old, illegal land acquisition in Lahore, which also involved former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Rehman, former director-general of Lahore Development Authority Humayon Faiz Rasool and its former director of land development department, Mian Bashir Ahmad were acquitted in an illegal land allotment case, in which prosecutors claimed Rehman had illegally obtained 54-kanals of land in Block-H, Johar Town, Lahore in 1986.
The accountability court ruled that insufficient evidence had been provided to prove the charges against the three men. The court further ordered that seized properties be returned to Rehman.
Nawaz Sharif, also named, had been declared an absconder in the case, after the accountability court issued perpetual arrest warrants against the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader in November 2020.
The allegations contend that Nawz Sharif, then serving as chief minister of Punjab, had facilitated Rehman’s possession of the land allotment for monetary gain.
In response to Rehman’s acquittal, various journalists celebrated the court’s decision. Senior journalist Ansar Abbasi said that case had been based on lies.
“Bogus case dismissed,” said Murtaza Ali Sha, a reported for Geo News, which is owned by the Jang Group. Rehman spent eight months in custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in 2020 on the charges, to which the journalist inquired, “Who is responsible for the 8 month’s long illegal detention?”