A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has ordered the District and Session Judges Islamabad to launch a judicial inquiry against Malik Riaz on allegations of land grabbing through coercive and blackmailing tactics and submit report to the Supreme Court by 26th November 2009. The DCO Islamabad has also been directed to facilitate and cooperate with the District and Sessions Judge in this regard.
The Supreme Court also ordered the local Police authority to add name of Malik Riaz in supplementary report of the main FIR launched in the murder case of Fayyaz Ahmed (DHA security guard) after the statement of his widow in the courtroom.
Malik Riaz of Bahria Towns property empire in Pakistan and has been closely associated with both General Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari and is known to be the richest person in Pakistan.
It all started with a Suo moto action of Supreme Court against some appeals published by the name of Raja Riasat claiming that his son Fayyaz Ahmed (DHA Security Guard) was murdered nearly a year ago and his alleged murderer Shafiq-ur-Rehman, the owner of Allied Developers, was released by the court on bail.
The Supreme Court hearing on this subject was held on 26th and 27th October 2009. On the first day of hearing, lawyer of Shafiq-ur-Rehman (Justice (R) Tariq Mahmood), lawyer of Raja Riasat (Malik Waheed Anjum), brother of murdered guard, Mr. Tahir and his widow Shamriza Bibi appeared before the court.
The story got a shocking twist right form the start of hearing when Chief Justice asked about Raja Riasat whose name was appearing in the newspaper appeals and which was the main reason of this suo moto action. It was revealed by brother of murdered guard that Raja Riasat, his father, had passed way and he or his family had no idea who was behind the publishing these appeals in newspapers in the name of his father. It was then revealed that in fact it is Malik Riaz who financed publishing of these appeals for his own motives.
Lawyer of Shafiq-ur-Rehman (Jusitice (R) Tariq Mahmood) told the court that in fact name of his client was added in these fabricated appeals by Malik Riaz because he wanted to grab land of his client for his Bahria Town on GT Road. When Shafiq-ur-Rehman refused to do so, Malik Riaz, being a very influential person of Pakistani elite, got Shafiq-ur-Rehman name added to murder case of Fayyaz Ahmed. Later, when Shafiqu-ur-Rehman was released on bail, Malik Riaz decided to use blackmailing tactics through this appeal in newspapers.
Later when court asked the widow of Fayyaz Ahmed to name the suspect in murder of her husband, she categorically named Malik Riaz of Bahria Town. She recorded her official statement in this regard against Malik Riaz and Chief Justice asked the local police officer to add this statement and hence name of Malik Riaz to supplementary reports of FIR of this case.
It was also revealed in the court that another businessman Malik Tabarak Hussain, aka Malik Bari tried to help the widow and other victims of similar coercive tactics of Malik Riaz of land grabbing. Malik Bari had also planned to bring many of such victims to court but Malik Riaz used his influence to get Malik Bari arrested through Sindh Police and later he was taken to Karachi by Sindh Police. The Supreme Court ordered the Sindh Police authorities to produce Malik Bari in the court on next hearing (Tuesday, 27 Oct 09). Some other people also claimed in the court that they are victims of Malik Riaz’s land mafia. They told the court their specific stories in this regard.
The Supreme Court then ordered the District and Sessions Judge Islamabad to launch a judicial inquiry in this matter and submit report by 26th November 2009.
On the 2nd day hearing (27th October 2009), Malik Bari was produced in the court and court observed that cases against Malik Bari are all fabricated and also Sindh Police has not followed the standard procedures in this regard. Malik Bari was later released on bail. It was also claimed in the court that airline tickets of Sindh Police taking Malik Bari to Karachi had been paid by Malik Riaz. Interestingly, Barrister Akram Sheikh represented Malik Riaz in the Court.
The Supreme Court has referred all victims of Malik Riaz including Malik Bari, Shafiq-ur-Rehman and many others to approach District and Sessions Judge Islamabad, who has been given the task for judicial inquiry of these land-grabbing cases.