LAHORE Alamgir Legal Services on Wednesday clarified that Mr Suleman Najib Khan, CEO Solosoft Technologies (SST), Director Institute of Technology Management (ITM), and Chairman IEEEP Lahore Centre has nothing to do with the land grabbers and some media reports that he illegally occupied the building (28-C Gulberg-II) of former actress Shamim Ara.
The company clarified that in fact, Begum Shamim Ara had handed over possession of the upper portion of the building on a long period lease with permission to reconstruct/extend according the requirements of the Institute.
However, lower portion was handed over to the same party on the same day with an option that they could purchase the entire property till December 31, 2004.
Since March 1, 2002, the company had also been paying rent for lower portion and opted to purchase and made part payments, which had been duly acknowledged by Begum Shamim Ara.
Subsequently, she avoided performing her part of the contract.
My client had to file a suit for specific performance of the contract on August 16, 2004 in the civil court.
Later, in 2006, Mr Salman Majeed Carim, son of Shamim Ara, filed two ejectment petitions against the above-mentioned company, which proved that the possession of the company was legal in all respects.
The agreed rents in line with the lease agreements are being deposited diligently in the court together with due payments to Income Tax and property Tax departments, the statement added.

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