LAHORE: The Punjab government has turned house of PML-N leader and former finance minister Ishaq Dar into a shelter home.
The decision in this regard was announced by provincial Social Welfare Department. Earlier, the Punjab government had directed to auction Dar’s house and price of the four kenal 11 marla house in Lahore’s Gulberg area was set at minimum 170 million rupees. The auction process was halted after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued stay order on it.
Assistant Commissioner Model Town Zeeshan Ranjha said 50 deserving homeless people would be given residence at the PML-N leader’s house. “35 men and 15 women will be able to reside here separately,” he added.
He said the house would become functional as shelter home from Saturday (today). Three rooms, several washrooms and mosque area has been allocated for the purpose of abode, he said.
Zeeshan Ranjha said a request had been made to suspend security guard for making video of the house. No permission has been given to make its video after converting it into shelter home, he maintained. He said the authorities were conducting inquiry into who gave permission to make the footage.
Sources said Ishaq Dar has decided to challenge the step of the provincial government in the court. He said the government had taken the step despite the court’s stay order on his house, they added.
Dar’s secretary Mansoor Raza said a contempt of court plea would be filed in the IHC against the government’s measure as the next court hearing is set next week. “The government tried to take political gain through converting the property into a shelter home,” he said.
Dar is living in self-exile in England as several cases are pending against him. His house was sealed earlier on order of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The NAB had pleaded to an accountability court that since he was an absconder so his all properties should be seized.