In line with directives of Minister Pakistan Railways Azam Khan Swati, Pakistan Railways launched operation against land grabbers in Rawalpindi Division and retrieved over seven acres railway land worth over Rs116 million from the land encroachers.
Divisional Superintendent of Rawalpindi Division Munawar Shah supervised the operation. Azam Khan Swati has congratulated the officers of Pakistan Railways who took part in the operation against the land grabbers in Rawalpindi and Karachi divisions adding that the ministry would deal land grabbers with iron hands.
He said that instructions have been issued to all the divisions to launch a grand operation to get rid of railway land grabbers. Incompetence and corrupt elements would not be tolerated at any cost, adding that the officers who would perform in good faith be appreciated at the Ministry level, he added.
Recently, the ministry has retrieved as many as 180.754 acres of its precious land in eight divisions of the country in its anti-encroachment drive conducted during last year. “Regular anti-encroachment operations are being carried out at all railway divisions with assistance of Railways Police and District Administration,” an official said.
“Pakistan Railways has owned 167,690 acres land across the country out of which Punjab has 90,326 acres, Sindh 39,428 acres, Balochistan 28,228 acres and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has 9,708 acres,” he added.