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CJP admonishes LDA DG over construction of road near Ishaq Dar’s home

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday heading a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) Lahore registry admonishes Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General (DG) Zahid Akhtar Zaman over uprooting of a park to build a road near the house of former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

Having taken a suo motu notice of the road a day before, CJP questioned LDA DG over the authority which allowed LDA to build the road over the park area.

“Ishaq Dar had requested to make the road outside his house wider for parking,” replied DG Zaman. The CJP then asked if the former finance minister had written an official request to the authority, to which the DG replied: “Dar had directed me to make the road over the phone.”

The response irked Chief Justice Nisar, who remarked that the official should also be investigated as per the law of National Accountability Bureau.

The CJP then ordered DG Zaman to detail how the park was built in a written statement and submit it to the court. “Bring all the records as well as your oath”, the CJP ordered.

On Wednesday, Chief Justice Nisar had taken the suo motu notice of a portion of a park being uprooted to build a road leading to Ishaq Dar’s residence and notices were issued to LDA DG, Lahore’s deputy commissioner and the Punjab government.

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