ISLAMABAD - Despite getting media coverage and suo moto notice by the apex court, the families of farmers hailing from Jhang are still on the roads since they allegedly faced land grab by a sitting MNA. The hope that they would get justice brought them in the Capital and compelled them to stay and protest here. The families have set up a protest camp in front of the National Press Club for the last three months in the hope that the media and independent judiciary will get them back their over 783 kanals of land which they allege a sitting MNA of PML-Q, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, manipulated to deprive them of, with the help of revenue department in 2003. Muhammad Yaqoob, one of the victims, informed that nearly 42 families from Jhang were allotted a piece of land by the government during a land reform programme of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1975. According to them they efficiently used the barren land, growing different crops and started living there. But in 2003 Ghulam Bibi Bharwana grabbed the 783k-15m area from the poor peasants. After the struggle of six years for their land they finally reached the capital hoping that they would get some justice and their voice would be heard. The Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo moto notice of the issue on August 27, 2009 and ordered an inquiry into the issue. Though the inquiry report was completed by the District and Session Judge Mian Muhammad Shafi and was submitted in the Supreme Court a month before but no development has been made further in this regard. The winter season is fast approaching and it will be difficult for us to stay here. When it rains we take shelter in the nearby bus stand. Even we spent our Eid while observing protest here. We had nothing to eat as all markets were closed, said a lady from the protesters. They appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to decide their case as soon as possible so they can return to their hometown. The families are homeless and unemployed since 2003 when the MNA allegedly grabbed their land. Most of them are illiterate and poor and harvesting was their only source of income. The victims alleged that the MNA has threatened the families and registered fake cases against the dwellers of the area. The male members of the families were arrested on different charges so they are afraid to go back to their area. When contacted, the MNA strongly rejected the allegations saying that the Supreme Court in 1991 had given the verdict in her familys favour. She accused that the farmers illegally occupied her mothers land as she was a widow and had no male family member to protect their land. According to her, the farmers took advantage of the situation and occupied the land for years violating the court orders.