Plaza, 20 shops demolished near Havelian interchange

Abdul Khaliq Qureshi

The local administration once again took massive anti encroachment drive at Khoker Maira on Karakuram Highway (KKH) near Havelian interchange and demolished a multi-story Plaza as well as 20 newly constructed shops and retrieved five kenal commercial land worth of around 200 million rupees in the presence of revenue staff, Officials of National Highways Authority and Police.

This was second consecutive move by the local administration in which public property were recovered from influential land grabbers who were reportedly backed by a political personality of the province.

Earlier one kenal commercial land worth of 30 million rupees from a police constable Fakhtar uz zaman and demolished the building near police station Muslimabad. . Assistant Commissioner Abbottabad Muhammad Hassaan Ahsan, who supervised the operation demolished the multi storey plaza alongwith 20 shops despite strong resentment by the “investors” who almost completed the building on government owned precious property.

Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Hassaan Ahsan when contacted told that they have carried out operation after fulfilling all legal requirements and National Highway Authority has already served notices to the people who were involved in the illegal construction.

He further said that ”all legal requirements have been fulfilled by NHA Revenue Department and we have a documentary record of serving and receiving the notices issued by the NHA”.

Replying to a question, he told that four people namely Sajid Khan, Saleem Khan, Dr. Mushtaq and Jamshed Khan were involved in this illegal construction who were officially served notices before the operation.

Earlier Deputy Director (legal) CPEC NHA in his letter addressed to Assistant commissioner requested for magisterial support in anti encroachment drive at Gohar Abad .

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