The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Saqib Nisar ordered the business giant Malik Riaz to pay Rs 1 trillion (Rs 1000 billion) for encroaching on government land in Islamabad before the next hearing of Margalla Hills deforestation case.
CJP said, “Please arrange for Rs1,000 billion before the next hearing.”
“You must pay for encroaching on the government’s land,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar told Malik Riaz, who is the founder and chairman of Bahria Town. “Please arrange for Rs1,000 billion before the next hearing.”
Riaz remarked that he doesn’t even have Rs100 billion. “Even the United States won’t have that much money,” he said.
“If you don’t have the money, then who does? Malik Riaz has the money of the entire country,” the top judge said.
The additional attorney general said that a Bahria Town office has been built on a national park.
“Bahria enclave has occupied much of the government land. What is happening in Bahria Town?” the chief justice asked.
Till October first the court proceedings have been adjourned. Malik Riaz asked that the CJP allow him 20 minutes to talk however the CJP said that he will be permitted to talk in the following hearing.