SC clips Khokhar brothers’ wings for grabbing expats’ properties


–CJP orders inquiry into assets of PML-N MNA Afzal Khokhar and his brother MPA Saiful Mulook Khokhar 


LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed to place the names of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member National Assembly (MNA) Afzal Khokhar and his brother Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Saiful Mulook Khokhar on the Exit Control List (ECL).

The directive was made as a two-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard a case regarding complaints of land grabbing by overseas Pakistanis.

The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Punjab Police were also ordered to investigate complaints against the two brothers, compile a report over the issue and recover the land.

In addition, Afzal and Mulook were ordered to submit details of assets registered under their own and the names of their families.

While the directive to place the names on the ECL was made verbally, they were not mentioned in the formal orders.

The duo were summoned at the apex court’s Lahore Registry earlier in the day.

“It’s better that you relinquish the estate of widows and overseas Pakistanis you have seized,” CJP Nisar warned.

“We are getting numerous complaints against you,” he added.

“We have not grabbed anyone’s land,” Saiful Mulook informed the bench in response.

“If grabbing is proved, I will not spare you,” the top judge then remarked.

“Everyone knows that I do what I say. It’s better therefore that you don’t take the risk with your MNA-ship.”

The duo also denied any knowledge of a man identified as Ashraf Shah after the bench directed them to explain their relationship with him.

The hearing was then adjourned till December 22.