- The LHC declared the decision to seal the mansion invalid.
- Rashid expressed happiness over the court’s decision.
- Says “40 days of Chilla” made him the new “Sheikh Rashid”.
Rawalpindi: In a victory for former interior minister Sheikh Rashid, the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday ordered the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) to seal Lal Haveli, the residence of the Awami Muslim League (AML) chief.
The famous Lal Haveli, a landmark building in Bohar Bazaar, is also the political office of the AML leader.
In the judgment, LHC judge Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf declared the decision to seal the mansion invalid.
Last month, the ETPB had sealed Lal Haveli, saying that the documents submitted by Rashid were not valid. On 21 September, the ETPB carried out an operation to evict the encroachers in the presence of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and heavy police contingent.
In a video statement, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, nephew of the AML chief, said the mansion was registered in the name of Sheikh Siddiqui in 1988. He had said that all the records of the property have been handed over to the Deputy Commissioner of Rawalpindi.
However, Rasheed moved the LHC against the sealing of his residence in Rawalpindi.
Talking to journalists on this occasion, AML expressed happiness over the court’s decision.
Responding to a question, the former interior minister said that “40 days in chillah (isolation)” made him a new “Sheikh Rashid”.
A close aide of ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan – who was removed from office through a no-confidence motion in April last year – was reportedly detained by “plainclothes” men from his residence in Rawalpindi on September 17. I went. Rashid appeared again after some time and a month later.
While talking to journalists, the former Home Minister said that there was no misbehavior with him while shouting.
He vowed to contest the upcoming general elections in the country from two constituencies, even if he is sent to jail.
He declared, “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the armed forces of Pakistan.”