Evacuee trust to seek Rangers’ help for land retrieval

Published: March 28, 2017
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Evacuee Trust Property Board chairperson Siddiqul Farooq said the Sindh government has not helped them retrieve their land. PHOTO: APP

Evacuee Trust Property Board chairperson Siddiqul Farooq said the Sindh government has not helped them retrieve their land. PHOTO: APP

KARACHI: The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) will seek the Pakistan Rangers’ help to recover their land from encroachers in Sindh.

Addressing a press conference at Punjab House on Monday after presiding over ETPB’s 310th board meeting, ETPB Chairperson Siddiqul Farooq said that around 2,000 acres of land belonging to the board in Sindh has been encroached upon by different government departments, individuals and the land mafia.

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He accused the Sindh government of turning a blind eye while the land mafia continued to encroach upon land worth billions of rupees. Farooq was accompanied by board members Ramesh Singh Arora and Alexander John.

The land mafia did not spare our land from their china cutting and we have had no cooperation from the provincial government to recover the land, the board members claimed. Farooq added that he has written multiple letters to the Sindh IG and chief secretary regarding the recovery of the land but there has been no response.

The Karachi Development Authority and other government departments are also involved in the land grabbing and the Sindh government should cooperate in recovering our land, alleged Farooq.

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He said the land owned by the trust is property that belonged mostly to Sikhs and Hindus who migrated to India after Partition and only the ETPB has authority over the land. The chairperson added that the trust has been maintaining many temples and other religious sites but criminal groups have always exploited an opportunity to encroach upon these historical properties.

Sharing the details of the meeting, Farooq said they have decided to auction off the properties owned by ETPB in Punjab and soon their details will be shared.

Responding to a question about seeking the Rangers’ help to recover the land, Farooq said that just like provincial government is seeking the Rangers’ help in maintaining law and order, they will also seek their help recovering their land from encroachers.

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