Haleem exposes widespread land grabbing in city

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The Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh on Monday asked Chief Secretary Sindh to initiate action against land grabbing in Karachi to save state land from squatters.

In a letter addressed to the CS Sindh, Haleem pointed out land grabbing at a large scale in East and West districts of Karachi in connivance with revenue and police officials and demanded inquiry into the matter as well.

Haleem, who is also Central Vice President of PTI, said that some land grabbers in his constituency, PS-99 and Scheme 33 district East Karachi, were busy grabbing the state land worth billions of rupees on fake and fabricated documents prepared by Sindh Board of Revenue.

In the past one year, land grabbing in scheme-33 was continued under supervision of Deputy Commissioners East Muhammad Ali Shah, Asif Jan, and officials of revenue and police, he alleged.

Haleem went on saying that office of Chief Secretary Sindh was silent over the issue and no action was taken though the CS was the custodian of precious state land.

An inquiry, if conducted into Scheme 33, would certainly reveal construction of new boundary walls in a large number, he added.

Haleem mentioned that residents of PS-99 were continuously complaining against the squatters while the Managing Director Ahsanabad Cooperative Housing Society Ltd had also expressed grievances through an application to leader of the opposition.

Over 2.8 million acres of forest land as well as one million acres surveyed lands were under illegal occupation in the province while land grabbing in Karachi was continued, he alleged adding that revenue record of district West Karachi was set ablaze to put illegal land grabbing out of sight.

The Prime Minister Imran Khan would also be informed about the situation, he said and vowed, “We will not allow illegal occupation of state land in Sindh.”

The opposition leader requested CS Sindh to initiate inquiry into the matter at the earliest and stop land grabbing in the mentioned areas immediately for saving the state land worth billions of rupees from land grabbers.

 

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