The government of Punjab has decided to turn the house of the former federal finance minister Ishaq Dar into a panagah (homeless shelter) as reported by The News.
The property of Ishaq Dar was sealed on orders of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) by the district governement and Lahore Development Authority (LDA).
The decision was taken on Friday and the Social Welfare Departmeent of Punjab has already placed beds at the house for the homeless with separate arrangements made for women.
Earlier NAB had submitted a plea in the court to auction off his property however, the Lahore High Court (LHC) did not agree.
Ishad Dar, a close relative of the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently in self exile and living in the UK with several such cases involving unaccountable income and wealth are pending against him.
However Ishad Dar made a tweet through the offiical Twitter handle of the Pakistan Muslim League – N (PML-N) account where he posted a video saying:
The decision to make his house into a homeless shelter was against orders of the Islamabad High Court who had issued a stay order on this matter on January 27,
The Federal Minister for the Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi welcomed the decision of the Punjab government saying:
Best news of the year so far! Fugitive Ishaq Dar’s fancy residence in Lahore converted into a PanaGah (soup kitchen/shelter).