KARACHI: The authorities took back 1,854 acres of land from encroachers during a six-day anti-encroachment drive.
The problem is so bad in Karachi that a law had to be made to tackle the menace.
“We are getting positive results in the anti-encroachment drive,” said officials. Squatters have been removed from different parts of Gadap Town, Baldia Town, Bin Qasim Town and Gulzar-e-Hijri Scheme 33.
A four-month strategy has also been prepared to remove squatter from land belonging to the board of revenue, the city government, the cooperatives department and residents of the city, the officials added. Meanwhile, special anti-encroachment forces, police stations, court and tribunals are also being established across the province.
Old villages and notified katchi abadis will not be demolished. However, under the anti-encroachment ordinance, a person involved in the illegal occupation of land could be sentenced to jail for one to ten years and may also have to pay a fine, amounting to the market value of the encroached property.
Cases have been registered against people involved in the illegal occupation of land. They include Nazeer Shaikh from the Rasool Bux Brohi village, Nasir from Gulshan-e-Arzi, Amin Pathan from the Kashmir valley, Ali Hassan Brohi from Bagh-e-Naseer, Ali Hassan Brohi from Gulshan-e-Ameen Brohi, Ameen from the commercial belt sector 42/A, Hazoor Bux from Ajmer Goth extension, Asif from Jan Muhammad Jamali Goth, Amin from Bahadur Goth and Suleman Memon from the Mir Khan Brohi Goth, who have been accused of grabbing land worth billions of rupees, officials informed Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at Governor House on Wednesday.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2010.