As it emerged, locals have seen the government officials renovating the confiscated house of the former federal minister for finance, Ishaq Dar.
Situated in Gulberg III Lahore, near the Firdous Market, the Hajveri House is reportedly being cleaned by the administrative staff. Locals have seen them ordering the cleaning of the 4-kanal+ property and the grass work going on.
It’s worth mentioning that the accountability court had declared Ishaq Dar an absconder in 2017 after when he had repeatedly attempted to excuse himself from appearing in the court. He was accused of accumulating assets worth approximately Rs. 831 million — which were beyond his known sources of income. Since then he is in self-exile in London.
Among the later developments was the Hajveri House turned into a Shelter home, it was not a planned development though. The accountability court had earlier ordered for auctioning of Dar’s house to recover some of the looted money, but the Islamabad High Court had suspended the order.
Following that, the government turned the house into a shelter home. Unfortunately, then the Lahore High Court barred the government from converting Dar’s residence into a “Panah gah” (Shelter Home). Since then, the so-called Hajveri House had been abandoned.
According to The News, the offices of the commissioner and the deputy commissioner were unaware of the fact who was renovating the confiscated house. The publication noted that it was not able to talk to the deputy commissioner and only the spokesperson revealed the office didn’t know.