Hakim Adil Shaikh, 70 supporters booked for threatening govt officers
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A case has been registered in Karachi against Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly and PTI leader Haleem Adil Shaikh and his 70 supporters for hurling threats at government officers and interference in the official government work, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Sunday.
The FIR was registered at Memon Goth Police Station in Malir.
Haleem Adil Shaikh and his supporters were among other charges accused of threatening to kill the government officers and interference in official work during a major operation launched by the Sindh government on Saturday against the illegal occupation of the state land.
The grand operation was initiated in Karachi’s Malir to demolish over 200 illegal farmhouses owned by influential people including political and religious leaders and former government officials.
Following the orders of the deputy commissioner, the anti-encroachment operation was started keeping in view the government’s decision to cancel the 30-year lease on the official land across Sindh.
Hundreds of officials from police and other concerned departments took part in the anti-encroachment operation, which will continue for one week.
Reacting to the government’s move, Haleem Adil Shaikh said that farmhouses of his cousin Tariq Qureshi were being demolished in Gadap, whereas, heavy machinery was sent to demolish a farmhouse of his brother Azeem Adil Shaikh in Malir.
He said that the owners possessed complete documents regarding the ownership of the land; however, the actions were being carried out by the officials despite having a court’s stay order.
Haleem Adil Shaikh termed it political revenge being taken by the Sindh chief minister over the orders of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari after he assumed charge as the opposition leader.
Moreover, the opposition leader along with his supporters also staged a sit-in at the Gadap police station besides also blocking both tracks of Super Highway and demanded of the police to register an FIR against Murad Ali Shah.
Sindh Education and Labour Minister Saeed Ghani said that the anti-encroachment action was launched on the directives of the apex court to retrieve land, which was leased out by the provincial government for a 30-year lease.
He lashed out at Haleem Adil Shaikh for raising hue and cry over a legal action and said that none of the land claimed by Haleem Adil Shaikh was allotted to him. The minister further rejected the impression that action had been taken only against these two farmhouses and said that thousands of acres of land in two villages of Malir district were retrieved during the action.
He said the clear orders of the Supreme Court are for action against these lands and the Chief Justice of Pakistan himself has given these instructions by summoning the deputy commissioner of all the districts.
Saeed Ghani mocked at the PTI leaders and said that those who supported the Lahore action against what they called illegal land should also support the Sindh chief minister’s initiative.
“Our operations would continue against those who were extracting millions of rupees from the people of Karachi by carrying out housing schemes and other illegal activities on 30-year leased land,” he said.
Saeed Ghani said if anti-corruption department made an inquiry against Haleem Adil for possession of 400 acres of government land, then the NAB has demanded a report of all investigations from the anti-corruption department.