SC seeks land details from city authorities in Mansha Bomb case

LAHORE: The Supreme Court sought a detailed report from the city authorities against Malik Mansha Ali Khokhar – widely known as Mansha ‘Bomb’ – as it resumed hearing its suo motu notice against the alleged land grabber.
A two-judge bench headed by the chief justice heard a petition of an overseas Pakistani against police’s purported inaction against Mansha, who is accused of possessing billions of rupees’ worth of illegally acquired land, at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.
As the hearing went under way, District Commissioner Lahore told the court that the Lahore Development Authority had yet to hand over to the petitioner the land recovered from Mansha.
Mansha had bought 32 kanals of land back in 1992, which he sold later, the deputy commissioner informed the bench.
Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, in his remarks during the hearing, questioned according to which law the “patwar circle” was working and what the role of the revenue department was pertaining to residential areas.
“No serious efforts have been made to urbanise,” the top judge observed.
The bench then sought a detailed report from the Lahore Development Authority, the revenue department and the district government on the recovery of land from Mansha and its return to the rightful owners.
The chief justice, while hearing the case on Saturday, had directed the Lahore deputy commissioner to hand over the recovered land to their rightful owners. He had also censured the Punjab Police and questioned whether this was Naya Pakistan’s police which could not control Mansha Bomb.
More than 70 land-grabbing cases have been registered against Mansha in Lahore’s Johar Town. Earlier in October, the Lahore administration had launched a grand operation against encroachments in which it had retrieved illegally possessed land, including around 80 kanals possessed by Mansha in Johar Town worth Rs5 billion.
On October 15, Mansha “surrendered himself” before the Supreme Court and was taken into custody.