CM orders protection of Auqaf property

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Directs to stimulate Punjab Institute of Quran and Seerat Studies

Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Friday chaired a meeting at Punjab Institute of Quran and Seerat Studies and inspected its various sections.

P&D Chairman Abdullah Sumbal, Punjab Information Secretary Raja Jahangir Anwar and other officers attended the meeting.

On the occasion, the CM directed that an independent monitoring unit be organised to protect property of the Auqaf Department against illegal occupation along with its geo-tagging.

“A foolproof mechanism should be devised for continuous monitoring of the Auqaf lands and other property and those illegal occupied should be immediately retrieved from squatters,” he continued.

The CM asked the Auqaf Department to make the best use of its resources, adding that Quran and Ulema boards should be reactivated to make them play a vibrant role.

Similarly, rehabilitation of Auqaf managed shrines should be completed without any delay and the facilities of research centres and almonries should be provided to the visitors,” the chief minster further said.

The historically important buildings of shrines will be revamped in collaboration with Walled City Authority.

The meeting also considered the proposal for setting up bank counters for receiving donations at the shrines of Sufi saints.

CM Usman Buzdar directed to stimulate Punjab Institute of Quran and Seerat Studies, adding that the establishment of a research centre in collaboration with the private sector should also be reviewed.

Meanwhile, the standard of facilities being provided at Auqaf hospital, associated with Data Darbar, should be further improved and construction of nine Quran Mahals be completed without delay,” he continued.

A pedestrian crossing will be constructed at Uch Sharif and water filtration plants will be installed at 37 shrines in various districts to provide clean drinking water to the devotees, the meeting decided.

Alongside, historic Jamia Masjid in Chiniot will be renovated in collaboration with the Walled City Authority.

The CM asked the education, information and Auqaf departments to early complete arrangements for celebrating Rehmatul Lil Alameen (SAWW) Week.

Earlier, the Auqaf secretary briefed that the facilities of almonries were being provided at 170 shrines across Punjab.

The Auqaf department is managing 546 shrines, 537 mosques, 6,179 shops, 1,426 houses and 74,964 acres of land across the province. The Auqaf managed cultivable lands will be leased out for corporate farming.

Language and computer lab and hostel for 500 students will also be established at Jamia Hajveria in collaboration with Al-Azhar University, he added.

Meanwhile, the CM assured to fulfil the promise of providing roof to people and pointed out that 35,000 subsidized apartments will be constructed in Lahore at a cost of Rs180 billion.

Construction of 4,000 apartments was being started in the first phase, he added and maintained that business-friendly reforms in LDA have yielded positive results.

The amendments in LDA building and zoning regulations will encourage the construction of high-rise buildings to attract huge investments while creating job opportunities, he remarked.

Meanwhile, the approval of buildings’ maps is granted in 30 days while the government was following the policy of composite development in backward and remote areas like Kot Addu, concluded the CM.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of the widow of late Mir Khalilur Rahman, founder of Jang group and mother of Mir Shakilur Rahman.

In a condolence message, the CM prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage & strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude.

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