Published On: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Published in Category: Peshawar

DC Lower Dir files record of 97 years old land case in SC

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PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Lower Dir has filed original record in Supreme Court (SC) in respect of 1919 Shahzada Muhammad Akbar Shah illegal occupation land case.

As many as 97 years have been elapsed after the registration of case. The peasants of Nawab Jandol have occupied the land in 1919. Father of Shahzada Muhammad Akbar Shah had purchased 560 kanal land in 1919 which was later occupied illegally. A commission was constituted to probe into this land case in 1967 when Dir state had announced to annex with Pakistan. The said commission had decided the case in favour of Shahzada Muhammad Akbar Shah in 1976.

The peasants of Nawab Muhammad Akbar Shah filed writ petition in 1977 in Peshawar High Court (PHC) which was rejected by the court. The peasants filed appeal plea in SC in 1979 against PHC decision.

SC ordered district management to hold inquiry into the matter. The inquiry was completed in 1999 and decision went in favour of Akbar Shah.

The peasants approached additional secretary home against inquiry committee decision. He disappointed them and he gave decision in 2002. They moved PHC against this decision and PHC also gave decision in favour of Akbar Shah in 2008. The peasants again approached SC against PHC decision.

SC heard the case by the end of this year and a 3-member bench of SC headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja had summoned all the record of this case from deputy commissioner Lower Dir till April, 18.

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