Banigala land’s 'fake' NOC issued in Imran's name despite Jemima's ownership in 2003: report
According to a report by The News, Imran Khan did not own the Banigala land in 2003, however, the NOC issued by the Union Council Bhara Kahu, furnished by him before the apex court implies his ownership of the said land.
According to revenue documents available with the leading daily, the Banigala land was transferred in Imran’s name on June 11, 2005 from Jemima which was confirmed by Jemima herself through a power of attorney on September 21, 2004.
Moreover, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Capt (retd) Mushtaq Ahmad also revealed that it was impossible that a union council or any revenue official would issue an NOC in the name of someone who did not own that land.
"Such documents are only issued in the name of actual owners of the land but the computerised NOC submitted by Imran’s lawyer Dr Babar Awan is purportedly issued in the name of Imran Khan which dates back to 2003," said the official.
Furthermore, what could ring the alarm bells for the cricketer-turned-politician is the fact that the Islamabad revenue documents reveal that Jemima bought the land measuring 300 Kanal 5 marla vide mutation Nos 7056 dated 26 April 2002, No7225 dated 16 August 2002, No 7246 dated 28 August 2002, No 7361 and 7538 dated 11.6.2005.
In simple terms, before June 2005, the Banigala land was registered in the name of Jemima Khan and therefore, Imran Khan could not legally get a NOC for the construction of the house from the revenue department.
The revenue documents are not the first one to dent the claims of PTI supremo because a former union council secretary of Bhara Kahu, Muhammad Umar had also told the Supreme Court that the NOC was fake as he never signed the document, which purportedly bore his signature.
Ironically, he also stated before the court that the union council did not have a computer in 2003, while the 'fake' NOC was computerised, reminiscing the Calibri saga, that refers to the embattled Sharif family.
The controversial NOC was presented before the apex court bench hearing a case against illegal constructions in the Banigala area in the previous hearing, but the chief justice had ordered verification of the document.
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The apex court had directed Imran’s lawyer to submit his response regarding the claim of the UC secretary.
According to the concerned officials, the newly-wed politician committed the same violations of the CDA by-laws in Banigala, for which he has sought the Supreme Court’s intervention.
Imran Khan’s 300-kanal mansion is located in Margalla Hills National Park Area, which is a major and sensitive component of Zone-3 in the Islamabad Capital Territory.
Imran had constructed his residence in the real estate of village Mohra Noor by allegedly violating two laws: the Islamabad Wildlife (PPC&M) Ordinance, 1979 and the Islamabad Capital Territory (Zoning) Regulations 1992, says the report.
The residence of Imran Khan falls under the Zone-3 of the federal capital in which no private residential, farming, orchard scheme and any residential construction is allowed, whereas only old inhabitants were allowed to stay but under a controlled programme, without any expansion in their houses as per the relevant clause.
Besides being located inside Zone-3, Imran’s residence is also constructed in Margalla Hills National Park which comprises the Rawal Lake and an area within a distance of two kilometres from the highest water mark of the lake.
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