ISLAMABAD: Government of Pakistan takes action against fraudulent sale of Church properties in the country.
According to details, the Ministry of Interior taking strong notice of deceitful sale of Church properties in Pakistan has directed Director General, Federal Investigation Agency, FIA Headquarters, to take required action according to the provisions of law against the “fraudulent sale and commercialization of Church Properties.” The Ministry of Interior issued these directions on 18th of July, 2013.
The directions were issued by Interior Ministry on a complaint dated 6th July, 2013 by Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat Masih, National Coordinator of Church Property Bachao Tehrik, Pakistan.
The complainant nominated Bishop Samuel Azariah, Rev. Sadiq Daniel, Humphrey Peters and their links, who have allegedly been involved in substantial illegal sale of Church properties, across the country.
The complainant maintained that in May 2013, Bishop Rev. Sadiq Daniel unfairly sold a segment of HolyTrinityCathedralChurch land located on Fatima Jinnah Road, OppositeAvariTowers in Karachi to a private company Royal Rajput Caterers for commercial purposes where the buyers constructed a Marriage Hall later on.
Whereas the Governor of KPK decreed inquiry into the illegal withdrawal of 30 Crore Rupees by Humphrey Peters and his accomplice from the accounts of EdwardsCollege, Peshawar.
Conversely, Dr. Khalid Khan, Additional Secretary, Higher Education Commission, KPK is heading the inquiry commission formed by the Governor of KPK has been joined by Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat Masih, National Coordinator of Tehrik by putting forward an Affidavit-in-Evidence and significant documents.
The Church Property Bachao Tehrik maintains that,” team of three, i.e. Sadiq Daniel, Humphrey Peters and Samuel Azariah has hijacked the constitutional structure of the Church of Pakistan in order to usurp and misappropriate funds and properties of the Church of Pakistan and its Dioceses, for which they have unilaterally and criminally replaced the Constitutions, Rules and Procedures so also the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Property Holding Bodies i.e. Lahore Diocesan Trust Association, Executive Board of Methodist Church in Pakistan, etc. without due process.”
Therefore, seeing these specifics Bishop Dr. Ijaz Inayat Masih approached the Interior Ministry on 6th of July, 2013 to take castigatory action against the “Church Property Mafia. “ As a consequence, the Interior Ministry directed the DG, FIA to take action against the Mafia as per the constitution.