Sharing some real Life happenings / experiences …….. 8 (Fight to get my right back…..)

Corruption is the misuse of public power either by elected politician or appointed civil servant for private gain. Corruption is a decay in the decision-making process in which a decision-maker consents to deviate or demands deviation from the criterion which should rule his or her decision-making, in exchange for a reward or for the promise or expectation of a reward, while these motives influencing his or her decision-making cannot be part of the justification of the decision.

I have recently faced a issue in which officials of Revenue Department Government of the Punjab i.e. Registrar Urban-1 and his Officials of Gujranwala city negligently / through corruption registered a Power of Attorney with my fake signs and thumb impression in the official record and then i lost ownership right (means someone else sold it illegally without my consent) my two kanal land.

I owned a 2 kanal (10890 sq ft) property / open land located about 1 km before Sialkot bypass Gujranwala city, Punjab-Pakistan which is now part of Gujranwala City and fall under Sadar Police. A local person with a name as “Mr. Shamshaad” very renowned for his fraud activities along with his cousin “Mr. Irshaad” appointed a Local Commission with the permission of Registrar Urban – 1 Gujranwala and made a Power of Attorney in his name with my fake signatures and thumb impression. Then, registered / process it legally in the office of Registrar Urban-1 Gujranwala. Here, you might not know who is Registrar and local Commission?….

  • Registrar is one high designated official appointed by the Government who is made responsible to register any Power of Attorney and legal transferable deeds like if you want to sell your land or house then you have to register it in the Registrar office by paying taxes and and writing it on the legal stamp paper.
  • Local commissionis made by the Registrar on the request of owner of property or who want to give Power of Attorney (to someone else to act or perform the same duties on his / her behalf). That Local Commission consists of a prominent lawyer (hired by Registrar office on a certain pay package) and a responsible regular person/official of Registrar office (who is also called an official / representative of Registrar) goes to the home of owner who want to give Power of Attorney to another person (because the person cant come to Registrar office because of illness / injury / age factor) and to get verification on the official registrar by seeing / verifying the National Identity Card (having picture and signature) of that person / owner that either it is the same or not and not other fraudulent is signing on his behalf on Power of Attorney because its a very important document.
  • Power of Attorney means that a owner of property / land etc is authorizing other person on his behalf by dedicating all his / her powers to sell the property, file suit in civil / criminal court / appear before any forum and record statement etc

That fraudulent whom i didn’t know and never met made the
Power of Attorney in his name with my fake signatures and thumb impression by giving bribe to the Local Commission and registered it in the Registrar Office – Urban 1, Gujranwala on 5th of May 2018. Then, after getting all approvals from Registrar, that fraudulent by using Power of Attorney sold out my two Kanals land to another person name Imran on 19th May 2018. Basically, Imran was also their own relative or friend. The objective of these fraudulent was to grab the land and fetch money from the owner in return of the land.

So, I was being deprived from my own legal right / property in only 15 days due to the negligence and corruption by the government officials of Registrar office Gujranwala 

I went to Capital Police Officer of Gujranwala City (Dr. Moeen Masud) on 4th August 2018 and he further directed S.H.O Aroop Town Police station
Gujranwala to conduct investigation. The S.H.O called the fraudulent in order to investigate from them and informed us that they are recorded criminals and they have done fraud with number of citizens. Furthermore, D.S.P Civil Lines (Naseem Nawaz) guide me that they can’t register F.I.R / case against government officials as per law and i have to contact Anti-Corruption Department in order to launch a criminal proceedings against them as well as against fraudulent. So, on 18th August 2018, i submitted application to Director Anti Corruption Gujranwala Region to take action against government officials of Registrar Urban 1 Gujranwala and those fraudulent group.

I appeared before Deputy Director Investigation (Anti-Corruption) every Saturday of the week for four consecutive months to plea my case. I used to travel 240 km each day of the week by taking leave from my job from Lahore to Gujranwala. I had always asked the Deputy Director Investigation and requested him on all appearances to send my signature and thumb impression to forensic laboratory to match them with the signs in Power of Attorney. If these signs and thumb impression does not match then take the action against those officials instead of lingering the case for too long. However, he didn’t listened to my request / suggestion. Whenever that Deputy Director Investigation (Anti Corruption) called / summoned the culprits (government officials) to bring all record in-front of him for examination but the government officials of Registrar office didn’t brought it and never appeared. Officials of Registrar office Gujranwala knew that they have done wrong / corruption and they could be caught any time. So, with that fear they especially Registrar (Highest Position of Registrar office) contacted those fraudulent (Mr. Shamshaad) and asked him to return the property to its real owner. When they didn’t listened to him, Registrar initiated F.I.R (Federal Investigation Report) in Civil Lines Police Station Gujranwala against the fraudulent in order to save their skin from any punishment from Anti-Corruption Department and by taking the plea that Registrar office officials were kept blind by the fraudulent about the real facts.

After facing strong pressure from the Registrar Office, the fraudulent returned my property by transferring it back into my name through a third person. (I mean there is a clause in the Law of Land in Pakistan that if you want to sell / transfer the property in another person name then presence of purchaser is not necessary and just you have to transfer it through hiring any second person and make the process). Just make it simple in understanding that i got my property back whereas i wanted to restore it in original position as it was before the fraud happened.

Deputy Director Investigation Gujranwala asked me that now you got your property back so what you want more. I told him that i want my property to be restored to its original position but not like this & this is a illegal / unproper way of transfer and it also means that fraudulents are right in their stance whereas i will be considered wrong or misleading which i do not want. I informed him that now you got each and every evidence which proves that Registrar office officials have done a severe negligence / corruption, so punish them. Deputy Director Investigation was reluctant to make any decision and refered the case to his boss who was at the position of Director. I and the members of my opposite party (corrupt government officials and fraudulent) was called to appear in the office of Director on 19 December 2018 at 11 am. When i went there, clerk informed that another Deputy Director (Legal) who is a head of a legal branch will hear the case and then he would take you and opposite party members to the office of Director Anti-Corruption Gujranwala Region for final decision of the case. But Deputy Director Legal was not in office and went to the Civil Court and didn’t returned till 3 pm. After a long await from 11 am to 3 pm, i went straight to the office of Director and requested him to hear the case and make decision. He ordered his official to bring up the file and asked both parties to wait outside for 20 minutes. He then call us to his room and asked me that what is a issue. I informed him the whole story. He then asked the guilty persons that how did you transferred the property. When the officials of Registrar office accepted their negligence, the Director Anti-Corruption ordered that they all should be arrested and case should be filed in the criminal court. I thanked God at that time that now these culprits will surely face trial and punishment of their mal-practice and corruption and whatever they did to me by taking off my property right for money. But even after the orders of Director Anti Corruption, F.I.R has not been registered due to the influence of those criminals till date. It seems through non-registration of F.I.R by Anti-Corruption Department that the organization established by the Government of the Punjab to punish corrupt government officials is also protecting them…….so more fight for the right is required to be put up by my side…..lets fight…

One thing is sure that if government officials of any department are honest then citizens will not face any issue and country will prosper as well as burden on courts will decease otherwise citizens has to fight to get his / her right back.

About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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