Supreme Court instructed inquiry into UK Journalist home Qabaz by judge

LONDON: Justice Tasdiq Gillani, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan safdarbhatti-1instructed an enquiry into the Qabza group run by Safdar Bhatti additional session judge Lahore. An official at Supreme Court of Pakistan, Human Rights Cell told senior British Journalist Dr Shahid Qureshi that his home Qabza case by Safdar Bhatti has been referred to the District and Session Judge Lahore for enquiry and submit report with two weeks on 10th March 20014’. Supreme Court case reference number is: 4354 – E-2014.

The case was presented to the Justice Tasdiq Gillani, Chief Justice Supreme of Pakistan who instructed director of human rights cell at the Supreme Court to immediately instruct District and Session Judge Lahore to submit report on the matter within two weeks. A senior District and Session Judge head the human rights cell.

While speaking on a British Radio program News26 on Friday 14th March 2014, Shafqat Choan President Lahore High Court Bar Association said, ‘I will take up this matter with Chief Justice Lahore and expose this additional session judge Safdar Bhatti’. All the relevant documents have been sent to the Lahore High Court Bar Association Secretary Mohammad Ahmad. Mr Ahmad said, ‘It will be discussed in the bar meeting’

Family of Senior British journalist rented his house (built in 2004) on the request and guarantee of Safdar Bhatti to his close friend Javeed Iqbal Hashmi and his younger brother Mukthar Bhatti signed as a guarantor on the tenancy agreement which was duly submitted to the Johar Town Police Station as required by the law and terrorist threat.


Since Mr Safdar Bhatti moved in the area in 2006 cases of land grabbing and Qabza group activities skyrocketed as reported in Pakistani media.

While speaking to senior journalist Dr Shahid Qureshi Senator Zafar Ali Shah senior vice president of PML-N said: ‘I will raise this matter in the Senate as question the government of Punjab to submit a report immediately

Shafqat Mahmood MNA also told Dr Shahid Qureshi that: ‘he would submit question in the National Assembly as an urgent matter and problem overseas Pakistanis are facing due to the criminal activities of these groups”.

Dr Ashraf Chohan former MPA also submitted a question on the issue in Punjab Assembly. Dr Chohan strongly condemned this qabza by additional session judge Safdar Bhatti in ARY TV Channel popular show Khara Such with Mubashar Luqman (pure truth) aired on 4th March 2014.

Earlier on HE Wajid Shasulhassan , High Commissioner of Pakistan in London also wrote to the Governor of Punjab Mohammad Sarwar but these qabza mafias are too strong for a Governor and CM Punjab?

It is to be noted that President British/Pakistan lawyers association and legal advisor Pakistan Journalist Association UK Barrister Amjad Mailk referred this case to the Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan on behalf of the Dr Shahid Qureshi.