CM’s Committee members Provincial Minister for Law Raja Basharat and Special Assistant for Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan chaired an important meeting on the issue of illegal occupancies in Journalist Colony Lahore at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday. Information Secretary Raja Jahangir Anwar, CCPO Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, President Lahore Press Club Arshad Ansari, Senior Vice President Javed Farooqi, officers from relevant departments and Journalists Housing Foundation officials were also present. The house discussed the prospects regarding evacuation of illegal possessions in Block B of Journalists Colony.
Raja Basharat said that four blocks had been settled in Sahafi Colony while the issue of Block B would also solved. He said that Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar had given clear instructions to end illegal occupations in Sahafi Colony. Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said, “we have to decide how to end these illegal occupations which have been going on for years. We’ll continue our efforts until the deserving journalists get their due right.” The CCPO assured that as soon as the competent authority would give instructions, the operation would be started. Arshad Ansari said that the illegal occupations had been going on for last 15 to 18 years and it was getting very late to end them so all the concerned departments should work together to get the possession. The Law Minister convened a meeting next week and directed the Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Law, Additional Advocate General, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Lahore to also ensure their participation.