Demarcation: PHC for action against graveyard encroachers

CJ ordered the auqaf department to arrange funds for building boundary walls.


Umer Farooq March 01, 2012

PESHAWAR:


Peshawar High Court (PHC) gave the district coordination officer (DCO) one month to present a report on the demarcation of graveyards and to be prepared to demolish illegal constructions, while hearing a suo motu case against encroachments.


Chief Justice (CJ) PHC Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, heading a divisional bench, ordered the DCO to file a report on all graveyards to identify the area demarcated for them since pre-partition and to draw up maps to mark illegal constructions, so that encroachers can be netted.

They are selling dead bodies, he remarked.

CJ ordered the DCO to arrange heavy machinery to bulldoze buildings on the encroached land, so action can be taken without delay when the court issues the directive.

He said the money earned from the encroached land should also be recovered. He said the operation when it takes place would be supervised by a magistrate as well as a sessions judge deputed by the PHC.

To discourage encroachments in future, the CJ ordered the auqaf department to arrange funds for building boundary walls.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2012.

 

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