PM vows to retrieve ‘encroached land worth trillions’ Cadastral mapping detects imposition of Rs 5.59t state land

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Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to take action against land grabbers and their accomplices after authorities completed the first phase of cadastral mapping of the state land.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Imran Khan said his government faced massive resistance when it began cadastral mapping of Pakistan to digitalise land records “like protests over EVMs [electronic voting machines]”.

“Results of Phase 1 survey of state lands show why the resistance: phenomenal state land encroachment including of forest land through land mafia-political elite connivance,” he wrote.

He shared the documents of the survey on the micro-blogging site, saying the total value of encroached land estimated at about Rs5,595 billion.

“The approximate value of encroached forest land is Rs1869 billion. This has aggravated Pakistan’s existing lack of sufficient forest cover,” he added.

With this accurate digital record, the premier said the government will now take action against “these land mafias and their facilitators”.

His statement comes after Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam earlier in the day shared the digi-tised cadastral maps of state lands and an-nounced that the premier would share this data with the provinces for strict action against land grabbers encroaching many of these lands.—APP


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