Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab for Information and Spokesperson Government of the Punjab Hasaan Khawar has said that, unfortunately, state land in Pakistan has always been considered the easiest prey by Qabza Mafia.
Due to this, some 223000 acre state land, belonging to Forest, Revenue, Auqaaf and other departments, and worth Rs. 472 billion was brazenly encroached upon. Of this, 7,000 acres were in urban and about 216,000 were in rural areas.
On the special instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, so far, one hundred and eighty thousand acres of this encroached upon land has been retrieved.
These views were expressed by SACM Punjab for Information and Spokesperson Government of the Punjab Hasaan Khawar during a press conference here at Al-Hamra, yesterday.
He said that the relinquished land would be handed over to the concerned departments and this land would be used for projects of public welfare. He said that Sardar Usman Buzdar has strictly directed for the retrieval of the remaining 35,000 acres in the next five weeks.
Hassan Khawar said that encroachment upon government lands was not possible without the connivance of sitting government, government officials and the Qabza Mafia. A forensic audit of fires in the previous government will prove this point.
Hasaan Khawar said that these 223,000 cases of encroachment were in fact receipts of the incompetence of the previous government.
In a short span of three years, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has effectively demonstrated that grit is the only requirement to ensure effective implementation of the system.
Responding to a question, he said that although 43 people from the identified Qabza Mafia have been cabinet and assembly members of the previous government