Punjab retrieves state land worth billions from Qabza Mafia

Amraiz Khan

The Punjab government on Saturday evacuated 440 kanals of state land worth billions of rupees owned by the Cooperative department at Moza Jalalpura near Defense Lahore.

The cooperative department has taken control of relinquished lands. Chief Minister Usman Buzdar termed the Qabza Mafia a menace and made it clear that indiscriminate operation against such elements will continue.

He said that these elements were patronized by the previous governments. He said that Imran Khan’s dream of transparent Pakistan is being materialized. He said that people involved in occupying government lands do not deserve any leniency.

The incumbent government is implementing a zero-tolerance policy against the Qabza Mafia.

The government will ensure the protection of state lands from the Qabza Mafia and will go to the last extent to curb such elements.

In the meanwhile Chief Minister also took strict notice of the death of children by taking substandard medicine in Multan and sought a report from Commissioner Multan Division and Secretary Health about the incident.

The chief minister also directed to hold a comprehensive inquiry about the incident besides taking stern legal action against the responsible.

Usman Buzdar expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of children. He assured that the person involved in this incident cannot escape from the law.

He also extended heartfelt sympathies and condolences with the bereaved families of the deceased children.

Moreover, the Chief Minister has also directed to launch an indiscriminate crackdown against the quack doctors across the province.

Meanwhile, the quack doctor, involved in this incident, has been arrested and his clinic has been sealed.

The meeting of Resource Mobilization Committee was held under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and reviewed the various proposals for further increase in the resources of the province.

BOR, PRA, Excise Taxation & Narcotics, Irrigation and Mines & Minerals departments gave their recommendations for the increase in revenue resources.

The chief minister directed the departments to think out of the box for further enhancing the provincial resources.

He also directed to take comprehensive and solid measures for reducing the financial burden on the common man. He also directed to continue Corona Tax Relief in an applicable manner in the forthcoming budget.

The meeting was principally decided to provide more than 50 billion rupees in Corona Tax Relief in the new fiscal year budget. It is worth mentioning that tax relief was given on more than 25 services in the current fiscal year budget.

He also directed to further reduce the tax rate on certain services in the budget of the new financial year and said that relief will be provided to the poor and lower-middle-class.

Usman Buzdar said that the incumbent government is evolving people’ friendly and pro-poor policies. He directed to implement the policy for providing maximum facilities with minimum taxes.

He said that a different approach should be adopted despite following the traditional way to increase the resources adding that providing relief to the common man is a mission of PTI government.

Heads of Punjab Revenue Authority, Board of Revenue, Irrigation Department, Excise Taxation & Narcotics Control and Mines & Minerals Department gave briefing to the chief minister.

Whereas, Provincial Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, Sardar Mohsin Laghari, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Malik Muhammad Anwar, Murad Raas, Chief Secretary, SMBR, Principal Secretary to CM and secretaries of concerned departments were also present on this occasion.