CDA doing little to help varsity against land mafia

QAU VC vows to get university’s 202 acres vacated

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Vice Chancellor of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Dr Javed Ashraf has vowed to get the university’s land vacated from land mafia.
A powerful mafia has encroached a total of 202 acres of the university’s land, said he while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.
The VC said that the university had possession of a total 1,507 acres of land currently, out of the total 1709 acres allocated by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
He said 56 kanals of land had been grabbed by ex-chairman Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and the civic body was unable to get QAU’s encroached land free from illegal occupants.
Prof Dr Javed Ashraf said it was the responsibility of the CDA to hand over the possession of the allotted land to QAU management, which was being delayed for the last 26 years.
Contrary to fulfilling its responsibility, he said, the CDA had been suggesting the QAU management to get the encroached land vacated at its own.
The VC said locals and mafia operating in adjacent villages were involved in land grabbing, which goes unchecked by the district administration and CDA.
Dr Javed Ashraf made it clear that the university premises was not secure as per the security point of view because QAU was without the boundary wall, which is not being allowed by the CDA. We have received security alerts and police and the security agencies on a number of occasions have indicated possibility of security breach which might lead to some incident. Therefore, this is time the CDA took up the matter and earmarked the land so that proper wall could be built around the university, he said.
He said despite alerts, being issued by the security departments from time to time, the QAU was vulnerable to any threat. He said the university had its own 130 security guards but the number is not sufficient in the prevailing security scenario and without having the boundary wall.
Police and the rangers keep patrolling in the varsity jurisdiction when needed, the VC added but still a security mechanism including the boundary wall needs to be in place. If our concerns are not addressed the QAU will approach the court to vacate its encroached land, he remarked.

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