The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) has sealed the residence and political headquarters of former Federal interior minister and Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Lal Haveli. Deputy Administrator ETPB Asif Khan led the operation. He reached Lal Haveli with police officials & Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and sealed seven units of the residency.
Lately, a pattern of prosecution can be seen against the members of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf and its allies. Firstly, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry was arrested in the case of threatening members of the Election Commission of Pakistan. Now, the ETPB conducted an operation against Lal Haveli in the late hours of Sunday.
Leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, highlighted in her speech on Sunday that PML-N has not taken revenge on anyone. Other members of the Pakistan Democratic government have also reiterated the same point.
According to Asif Khan, Sheikh Rashid and his brother have illegally occupied the Lal Haveli. He added that despite several notices, Sheikh Rasheed could not submit the authentic documents of the land, and the court has also rejected Sheikh Rasheed’s injunction request.
Sheikh Rashid’s nephew and former member of the National Assembly, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq said that if the initiative to seal Lal Haveli was legal, then why the authorities conducted the operation in the dark of night. Rashid added that the properties of some poor people were also sealed.
ETPB claims that the mansion was abandoned and Sheikh Rasheed does not belong to the family that left it. Sheikh Rasheed claimed he bought the property and is the legal owner. The leader of AML said that he has challenged the move to seal Lal Haveli in the High Court. Sheikh Rasheed further said that he is ready to be hanged publicly if the government proves that he does not own the property.