Caught in time: Attempt to encroach Karachi University land thwarted

A religious group was trying to raise a boundary wall on campus land

Our Correspondent July 22, 2015

KARACHI: A recent attempt to encroach land belonging to the University of Karachi’s (KU) was thwarted by the university authorities with the help of Rangers and the police on Wednesday.

“Five years ago, Jamia Binoria authorities had illegally constructed a mosque on the university’s land and today they were trying to raise a boundary wall in its surroundings,” KU’s Campus Security Officer Muhammad Zubair told The Express Tribune.

Zubair claimed that the attempt to illegally extend the already encroached land of the university opposite its main entrance, the Silver Jubilee Gate, was foiled with the help of Rangers and police. The campus security officer went on to add that several cabins and stalls were also removed as they were illegally operating on university land.

The KU authorities have also issued a notice to the owner of Pizza Hut restaurant, situated opposite the university, to remove their power generator from university land. The owner was paying Rs120,000 in rent to some unauthorised persons instead of paying it to the KU administration, he said.

This is, however, not the first time the encroachers have tried to illegally acquire the land as a number of such incidents have occurred in the past. Earlier this month, a dispute on a property located adjacent to Bhayani Heights near KU’s Maskan Gate broke out when labourers associated with Rufi builders and developers had started construction work on the said land.

Later, the police had called a meeting between the university administration and representatives of Rufi builders the next day to sort out the matter. “Representatives of Rufi builders paid us a visit when the issue arose in the morning and showed all the necessary documents that prove their ownership,” SHO Zafar Abbas of Mubina Town police station had said.

The varsity’s security officer had demanded law enforcers to take strict action against the land grabbers and declare the land as property of the KU, so that no one tries to encroach upon it in the future.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2015. 


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