Pastor booked for ‘land-grabbing’


Kasur police registered a case against a pastor and his associates for encroaching upon the land of a lecturer under the pretext of Church land. The police registered the case in compliance of court order. College lecturer Mirza Iftikhar had purchased a piece of land measuring one canal and two marlas from a man named Nayyer David Masih in 1996. The land is situated near a church. One month back when the lecturer started construction on the plot, the Church’s pastor Muneer Phool allegedly demolished the boundary walls of the plot, saying that the land belongs to the Church.
The lecturer contacted police and Kasur District Coordination Officer (DCO) Irshad Hussain Shah, who constituted a probe committee to resolve the issue. The pastor said that Nayyer David had sold the land illegally. He said he had no dispute with the lecturer but he wanted the Church land back. Additional Session Judge Kasur Arif Mehmood adjourned the hearing of the case until January 11, 2012.