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Sheikh Rashid challenges order to vacate Lal Haveli

Sheikh Rashid claimed that the order to vacate Lal Haveli is political victimization.

In a major development, Awami Muslim League Chief and former federal minister Sheikh Rashid has challenged the notice to vacate land and rooms adjacent to his Lal Haveli residence located in Rawalpindi.

According to the details, Sheikh Rashid through his lawyer Sardar Abdul Razaq filed a plea in the court of Additional Session Judge Khursheed Alam Bhatti against the eviction.

The petition filed by Sheikh Rashid claimed that Lal Haveli has been owned by him for several decades. Meanwhile, Sheikh Rashid also claimed that the evacuation orders of Lal Haveli are political victimization.

Earlier, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) ordered Sheikh Rashid and his brother to vacate Lal Haveli within seven days. According to ETPB, Sheikh Rashid and his brother have ‘illegally’ occupied seven properties including Lal Haveli. They also failed to present relevant documents about the property despite several chances.

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As a result, Sheikh Rashid challenged the ETPB verdict. The court ordered the director of ETPB to present himself on Tuesday with a complete record and warned the ETPB from taking any illegal action.

Reacting to the development, Sheikh Rashid said he has held 16 ministries and the agencies never found anything against him before. However, after Imran Khan’s victory in the 2022 by-elections, the issue of Lal Haveli has been brought forward to target him, Sheikh Rashid claimed.

“Imran Khan’s winning 6 out of 8 elections is a world record. In the investigation of 16 ministries, all institutions did not find anything against me. Now 3 marla Lal Haveli has been targeted. Lal Haveli is no nine zero,” Sheikh Rashid said while making a reference to MQM’s headquarters in Karachi which was raided by the Rangers in March 2015.

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“Incompetent rulers are giving us recognition while dishonoring themselves. This Lal Haveli is a history that no one can erase,” the former minister further added.