Sindh to give 9,000 acres to Pakistan Army

Published: June 20, 2015
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KARACHI: The Sindh government will allocate 9,000 acres of forest land in Shikarpur district to Pakistan Army for distribution among the heirs of martyred soldiers and injured war veterans.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah took this decision while presiding over a meeting at the CM House on Friday.

According to the chief minister, the army had asked the Sindh government for allotment of 35,521 acres land in Garhi Yasin, Shikarpur, in 2001. The file had been moving from one office to another.

“Since the request has been made for the rehabilitation of the families of martyrs and war-wounded military personnel, this request must be honoured,” he said.

Forest Minister Gianchand Israni said the land in question was located in the Golo Daro area of Garhi Yasin.

Around 5,000 acres of this land was recently retrieved by the Rangers from illegal occupation of some local influential, he said.

Out of the 25,000 acres of forest land, 5,000 acres belongs to private owners, whereas 9,000 acres was available, for which the forest department has no objection, Israni said.Chief Secretary Siddiq Memon said the army’s request for land was for the rehabilitation of families of 500 martyrs, of whom 200 were from Sindh. “Since the request is genuine, it should be entertained,” he was of the view.

Shoaib Siddiqui, senior member of Board of Revenue, said forest land could only be allotted for agricultural purposes under the rules.  “As Pakistan Army has already made a request to use it for agriculture purposes, the government was authorised to allot the land,” he claimed.

Forest Secretary Sajjad Abbasi said under the policy, the lease holder of the forest land was bound to keep the forest on 20% of the total holdings and cultivate on 80%.

The chief minister approved the allotment of the land to Pakistan Army and directed the chief secretary to move the summary for approval.

The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary to CM Alamuddin Bullo, Finance Secretary Sohail Rajput and other officers.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Kazmis
    Jun 20, 2015 - 9:23AM

    Present Army and the leadership may be good, but who will bear the deeds of General Ayuub, Gen Yahya, GenZia and Gen Musharraf etc. All of them breached the Army Law and afterward got approval from courts under “need of necessity. After all Makafat-e-Amal or destiny of deeds exists…Recommend

  • Azi
    Jun 20, 2015 - 9:41AM

    PPP is done for, now employing every method to please not only the army but nation.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jun 20, 2015 - 10:41AM

    A deliberate attempt to appease the armed forces.Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:02AM

    “the army had asked the Sindh government for allotment of 35,521 acres land in Garhi Yasin, Shikarpur, in 2001. The file had been moving from one office to another.

    And Indians say “Pak-Army owns the country”? And see, after 15 long years of arduous toiling they got only a quarter of their needs. Now everyone knows who actually owns this country.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:04AM

    This is Pakistan army!!.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:26AM

    @Kazmis:
    bad deeds of Ayub????go learn some history pls …he never declared martial law…the civilian gov. didRecommend

  • History Correction
    Jun 20, 2015 - 12:42PM

    @Anonymous:

    Yes, major General Iskander Mirza (retd) did. Big difference!Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Jun 20, 2015 - 1:06PM

    PPP only understands the language of land grabbing and mafia. They even respond with the same mentality.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 20, 2015 - 1:29PM

    Forestry must be preserved , not “gifted” to the arny for agriculture . The army has already ruined the ecology of pakistan ( look at the way they uprooted all the trees during Musharraf’s time to expand DHA Lahore all the way to the Indian border).

    Supreme court must take notice. This is when I miss Ch. Iftikhar..,

    Less than 3 percent of land is forestry in Pakistan and we are just gifting it??? That too after increasing the budget of army to usd 7bio and their pensions bring mingled with the civilian poll.
    Seems we are still in colonial days . This is true corruption. Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:46PM

    Forests should not be squandered.Recommend

  • Palijo
    Jun 20, 2015 - 3:51PM

    Punjab treats Sindh as its colony. Recommend

  • Jalal
    Jun 20, 2015 - 4:13PM

    Sindh’s land is forcefully being grabbed; it wasn’t happily given by Sindh’s government. Baluchistan has already been conquered, and Pakhtoonkhawa is being conquered in the guise of so called operation against terrorism. When will people of smaller provinces wake up?Recommend

  • shahid
    Jun 20, 2015 - 4:32PM

    @Palijo:
    There is no place here on this forum and of course in my Pakistan for persons with mentality like yours ; Your diseased mind is infected with prejudice and it needs to be blocked and purified. I am a Pakistani and then a born Sindhi, and your diatribe does not do justice at all to the goodwill and honor of my people. Recommend

  • Emad
    Jun 20, 2015 - 5:26PM

    Talk about trying to bribe the armyRecommend

  • excalibur
    Jun 20, 2015 - 6:11PM

    Had Musharraf been a dictator , this application dated 2001 would have never remained pending, Respect for a decent man ——- MusharrafRecommend

  • Jalal
    Jun 20, 2015 - 6:17PM

    Pakhtoons, Sindhis, Urdu Speakers and Baluchis need to wake up, stop fighting with each other and realise where this strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ is coming from. Wake up and get above your petty differences or the powers from the bigger province will eat you alive one by one. You don’t have too long now. It’s now or never.Recommend

  • Raees Ahmad
    Jun 20, 2015 - 7:20PM

    According to COD, PPP and PMLN are bound not to give land to retired military officials. Who were the military martyres in 2001 at the time of placement of such an application?Recommend

  • Raees Ahmad
    Jun 20, 2015 - 7:29PM

    70 acres per martyr. What a deal!!!Recommend

  • ahsan
    Jun 20, 2015 - 8:00PM

    So this is what the fuss “corruption, rangers gangsters in karachi drama” was all about! Raheel Sharif is no different from kiyani, Mush, Ayub, Mirza and Ziaul, all corrupt to the core.Recommend

  • Eagle Strike
    Jun 20, 2015 - 8:30PM

    So all the drama and tools used by Rangers (Army) in Sindh was about getting this slice of land from Sindh.
    @Emad, it was forcefully taken from Sindh.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jun 20, 2015 - 9:39PM

    Question is how many soldiers in army are from Sindh?Recommend

  • Citizens Accountability Council
    Jun 20, 2015 - 10:41PM

    Dear pakistan army,

    You are our only hope and our dua with you.

    When Punjab Rangers will be released? The bribes are asked directlyfrom civil servants close to brothers?
    Evidence is available?

    Citizens Accountability CouncilRecommend

  • Jalal
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:08PM

    @Faisal:

    Question is how many soldiers in army are from Sindh?

    Not many and yet Sindh gives the bulk of revenue as well as resources, gas etc. On top it now has to surrender its land too. The big brother is shamelessly looting from both hands.Recommend

  • Asif
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:30PM

    How is this not land grabbing? No where in world except Pakistan. Recommend

  • ashar
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:37PM

    @Faisal:
    200 is not a small figure.Recommend

  • Ricky
    Jun 20, 2015 - 11:59PM

    Now that is called a victory by our armed rangers. The two main parties of Sindh have to surrender choice lands to the army one more time to save their existence. Recommend

  • Ricky
    Jun 21, 2015 - 12:09AM

    When political leaders criticize, Dharana and agitate against President, PM or CM they are never called traitors or they are not against Pakistan. Of course all political leaders criticize bitterly the elected leaders and govt of Pakistan but nobody calls them against the country or traitors.
    Yet when somebody talks against the corruption, accesses or land grabbing of past or present generals they are targeted as anti army or against Pakistan. Nobody ever targets foot soldiers or those defending our borders. We all salute them just like nobody ever talked against navy or air force because they never committed high treason or broke constitution. We have to separate the usurpers from the patriotic armed forces who are as poor as civilians. Opposing the PM, CM or army general is not the same as treason against the country. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 21, 2015 - 12:28AM

    this land not to be allotted to anyone and retained by politicians and landlords for benefit of democracyRecommend

  • Pukar
    Jun 21, 2015 - 1:05AM

    Bribe or mufahmat by PPP?Recommend

  • Aslam
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:06AM

    @Blithe: Just for your information, the million plus acres of land that the forest department of Sindh owns, has nearly all been occupied by influentials. So if any one thinks this land is under the cover of forests is sadly mistaken.

    PPP along with all political parties which have ruled in Sindh over the past decades have themselves indulged in occupying forest land or getting it allotted with no merit and only on the basis of influence.

    In fact one of the few remaining forests of Sindh are the areas where the army has installations and therefore the political heavy weights were unable to occupy those lands.Recommend

  • Aslam
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:13AM

    @Faisal: There are over 80,000 soldiers from Sindh in Pakistan Army. Hundreds have attained shahadat defending the nation along with thousands who have been wounded.Recommend

  • AA
    Jun 21, 2015 - 4:46AM

    Will General Raheel take this bribe or continue the operation? That’s the million dollar question.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jun 21, 2015 - 7:33AM

    If anything, PA is the one MOST deserving of land. Their sacrifices are real and in defense of the thankless people backstabbing them instead of ultra corrupt people buying lands from money that doesn’t even belong to them or snatching them away from helpless villagers. If it was for me, army can take EVERYTHING. We owe them for letting this country live thus far because if not for them, our politicians would GLADLY sell the country whole to fill their banks abroad.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jun 21, 2015 - 8:30AM

    @shahid:
    Go to Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jun 21, 2015 - 8:33AM

    @Citizens Accountability Council:
    In next few decades, the Sindh and Baluchi army will take care of Pakistan’s Punjabi army.Recommend

  • Shehri insaaf
    Jun 21, 2015 - 10:10AM

    One billion dollars question?

    This is a great operation by army leadership. Had something like thing happened before, Pakistanis would not have to face corruption menace like this.

    When Punjab rangers will start cleaning because there is more corruption in Punjab but it’s hidden?

    The operation should continue in Sindh and other areas of Pakistan.

    Pakistan army! You have made us proud .Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Jun 21, 2015 - 10:36AM

    And so true to form Punjabi dominated Military is ensuring 300 out of 500 families, ie; the lions share, will be Punjabi families. Regards the 200 families from Sindh one wonders how many are actually Sindhi’s and not settlers like Mojahir’s.Recommend

  • Marvi
    Jun 22, 2015 - 8:06AM

    Pakistan was made for Punjabis only so it is natural they keep stealing the land of Sindh. Can’t wait for the day Sindhi, Baluch and Pashtun nations get their freedom from Pakistan. They can protect what belongs to them only in independent countries where Punjab will not be there to suck their blood.Recommend

  • Irritated SIndhi
    Jun 22, 2015 - 10:00AM

    Where are Saeen Ayaz Palijo and Dr Qadir Magsi when we really need them .
    If they donot standup ,their loyality will be questioned .Recommend

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