ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted the appeal of Balochistan government against Balochistan High Court’s decision in the land dispute of Gwadar Airport.
The three-member bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard Balochistan government’s appeal in the land case of Gwadar Airport.
The court also suspended the BHC decision and stopped the payment of Rs 70 million to the claimer of 650 acres in Gwadar Airport land case.
The Balochistan government counsel told the bench that Gwadar Airport was constructed by the British in 1940 and they used it during the second world war.
The counsel for Civil Aviation Authority informed the bench that Gwadar Airport land was owned by Civial Aviation Authority.
Abdul Ghafoor claimer of the Airport land told that his grandfather had given 650 acres land to the British for leveling.
He said, he filed a petition in BHC in 1984 and the provincial high court directed the Balochistan government to pay Rs 70 million to the petitioner as compensation.
Abdul Ghafoor said that he also presented six witnesses before the BHC. On this CAA counsel informed the court that the witnesses verbally stated that they knew Abdul Ghafoor’s grandfather that he was living in the area and they failed to produce any document before the court.
Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the British had used Gwadar Airport then it was in the use of Oman’s king and now the land is owned by CAA.
The court issued notice to all the respondents and adjourned hearing of the case for an indefinite period.