Lahore High Court takes notice of the illegal sale of Rawalpindi’s Saint John School’ property

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A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court over alleged illegal sale of property belonging to Rawalpindi’ Saint John School. In this regard, a letter dated March 15, was noticed by the Lahore High Court. The letter was submitted by Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat, who highlighted the issue of illegal sale of the school’s property.

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In his letter Bishop Ijaz Inayat stated: “The so-called Board of Directors who the applicant purports to derive authority to sell property under reference is fraudulent and fictitious entity, using the nomenclature of Presbyterian Church, in order to usurp and misappropriate precious properties which exist for the benevolence of the Christian community at large. In accordance with the Bye-Laws and Regulations, even the genuine Church Trustees are not vested with authority to sell any Church property in any manner whatsoever. “

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In his petition he also maintained, “The sale of property under reference is motivated with malice, therefore the actual market value of the property is being concealed from the general public, particularly the members of the Christian community. Accordingly it is submitted that sale of property under discussion is to the complete disadvantage of the Christian Community viz-a-viz its property holdings and the benevolence which could be extended to the general public of Pakistan.”

Bishop Inayat further maintained, “Under the Trusts Act 1852 and Section 92 Civil Procedure Code the Trustees/ Board of Directors are not vested with authority to legally sell Trust/Church properties, as such the sale of property under reference will defeat and frustrate the law.”

In accordance with Rules 2(1) and (2), S.R.O. 222(1) 2012,’ Protection of Communal Properties of Minorities Rules 2012,’ sale of property under reference is totally unlawful as the sale proceeds of communal properties shall not be used for fund raising for nay project. In addition, property under reference was meant for collective use of community welfare comes under the category of restricted properties, as per the above SRO.”

Bishop Ijaz Inayat had sent copies of this letter to Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali- Chief Justice of Pakistan, Nawaz Shareef-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Registrar of the Supreme Court, Mamnoon Hussain-President of Pakistan, Minister of State for National Harmony, Chairman of National Commission for Minorities, Secretary Ministry of Interior, Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Secretary Ministry of Capital Administration and Development and Secretary Ministry of National Harmony.