KARACHI - The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Sindh government to conduct an inquiry into fraud cases of land ownership in the province. A divisional bench of the Supreme Court, comprised Justice Rehmat Hussain Jaffery and Justice Ghulam Hussain Rabbani issued the directions while hearing a petition regarding land dispute here at the Karachi Registry Office f the apex court. The dispute of 4,023 squire-yard of land, located in Garden East had processed by the Sindh High Court while the case moved to the apex court, where besides two parties - Shoukat Hussain and Mohammad Younus, the Sindh government has also claimed ownership of the land as the leasing tenure of the land has been ended over two decades ago. Earlier, Aftab Khalil Sheikh submitted that he had sold out the land to Shoukat, while Shoukat had sold the land to Mohammad Younus for Rs 30 million. Shoukat further stated that Younus had paid 0.9 million and the remaining amounts yet to be paid, but he had moved to the SHC to obtain a stay order as he was not able to pay the remaining amount. The single bench of SHC had granted his application and issued stay-order. Moreover, the court directed the applicant Mohammad Younus to pay Rs100,000 per month to the courts nazir until the tenure of stay-order, while, he filed a constitutional petition to SHC against the single bench verdict after that the division bench of SHC had nullified the previous verdict of ingle bench. Meanwhile, when the case came to the apex court, the case was turned when the provincial government submitted before the apex courts bench that both the parties claiming ownership of the land were not the owners of land and the possession of the land was with the provincial government. Earlier, on the query of the court, Shoukat said that he had purchased the land from Khalil Aftab, and when Khalil Aftab was inquired about the same question he said that he purchased it from Evacuee Trust Property Board. Though, the Sindh government informed the court that it had not found any such record. The bench after hearing the Sindh governments representative, directed to send the matter to Islamabad with the directions to initiate an inquiry over such fraud land cases.