The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Tuesday arrested Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Chaudhry Mohammad Ashraf for illegally occupying state land.

In a statement, the ACE said that Ashraf, elected from NA-148, faces accusations of encroaching on state-owned land by forging the land documents and records in connivance with the revenue officer (Patwari).

The document revealed that Ashraf faked the ownership document (gardawari) of the state-owned land of over 150 canals in Chak 6-R/90 of Sahiwal.

Gardawari is a legal revenue department document used in Pakistan that specifies land and crop details.

MNA Ashraf, had the land allotted in the name of one Sharif Ahmed Hashmi, who doesn’t exist, by bribing revenue staff and colony clerk and has been cultivating crops on it for a long time without paying anything to the government.

The document says that the accused has been dealing losses worth millions of rupees to the national kitty with impunity and must be brought to justice.

PM SHEHBAZ CONDEMNS: Terming MNA Ashraf’s arrest as a part of the Punjab coalition government’s political witch-hunt, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the move.

He accused PTI Chairman Imran Khan of giving orders to use the ACE against political rivals.

“The PTI is still pursuing the negative policy of political harassment. You have seen it in the last four years,” the PM said adding that such stances had harmed the country irrevocably.

He said after setting National Accountability Board (NAB) on their political opponents, the PTI was now using the ACE as a tool for harassing them (government and allies) was highly deplorable.


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