Over 950 acres of encroached land retrieved

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Wednesday said strict action would be taken against the people who challenged law and their abettors for permanent and durable peace in the city.

“Crackdown against encroachment would be carried out and no favour or pressure would be accepted in this regard,” he said while addressing a meeting to review progress of actions taken against occupiers of government land. All the deputy commissioners, director local government Robina Asif, SSPs of all the districts, SP traffic and officers of all the relevant organizations were also present on the occasion.

Deputy commissioners told the meeting that over 950 acre land had been evacuated in different districts during crackdown against land mafia.

Deputy commissioner Korangi said the land of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University had also been retrieved from illegal occupants. Siddiqui ordered arrest of relevant engineer for not building surrounding wall on the land of the university.

Deputy commissioner West said encroachments had been removed from 4-K area of North Karachi, while resettlement of encroachments was being dealt with iron hands.

Representative of ABAD requested for evacuation of Scheme 33, Gulistan-e-Johar and other construction projects from land mafia.

Deputy commissioner Malir said 800 acres of land had been evacuated in Malir from land mafia. Deputy commissioner South said continuous measures were being taken to remove encroachments from Empress Market and its surrounding area. Deputy commissioner West said over 50 acres of land was reclaimed from illegal occupiers. Operation was also carried out on Karachi Port Trust land against encroachers.

The commissioner Karachi said encroachment on government lands was increasing by the day and it was the time that law breakers should be dealt with strictly. “Nobody should dare to challenge writ of law or break government orders.”

He said that ABAD should point out encroachments on lands, while administration, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, district metropolitan corporations and police should take action against the criminals.

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