State land worth Rs210bn retrieved from qabza mafia in Punjab: Akbar

Staff Reporter

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar said on Sunday that the government had retrieved 8,085 acres of illegally occupied state land. This real state worth Rs210 billion, was re-acquired through reclamation operations against the qabza mafia in Punjab.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Akbar also revealed the names of 36 politicians affiliated with the PML-N, who he alleged were either complicit with the land grabbers or directly part of the, he alleged that they had illegally occupied state land of 1,000 kanals in Sheikhupura district worth Rs70 million. He further added that 45 kanals of their “spectacular [Khokhar] palace” was private property, which they had occupied and judicial proceedings were ongoing against them.

“The worth of the illegally occupied government land which was reclaimed from them by the revenue department is Rs1.5bn,” said Akbar, further adding that property of 80 kanals and four marlas, worth Rs3bn, was recovered from them two months ago.
Akbar similarly shared details for the Nahra brothers and revealed that state property of 267 kanals and one marla was retrieved from them, worth Rs0.1bn. “They were charged a penalty of Rs25m for the use of state property in this period and they have to pay compensation for that.”

MNA Khurram Dastgir Khan, Akbar alleged, had set up a CNG and petrol station on government land worth Rs92.5m which was retrieved by the government and a public park was later made on it. He said the people of Gujranwala had “witnessed” this retrieval and conversion to a public amenity. The penalty for this property was Rs37m for which proceedings have started and a first information report has also been submitted according to the minister. He added that another one kanal of state property, worth Rs60m was also retrieved.

From Senator Chaudhry Tanveer, there were successful retrievals of benami property worth Rs7bn and a further 27 kanals of state land, worth Rs1bn. The minister added that 2,400 kanals of state land in Sargodha with a worth of Rs2.5bn was also retrieved from PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz and “he has to give a penalty of Rs48m for it”. The minister also named MNA Javed Latif and said he “screams a lot but these are his actions”. He said the following recoveries of state land had been made from him: Eight kanals and two marlas in a flour mill, an illegal wagon adda in Sheikhapura and 30 kanals and 16 marlas in a paper mill. Akbar added Latif had a plaza on the highway too, which would soon be reclaimed.

MNA Ehsanul Haq Bajwa was in alleged control of 664 kanals of state property with a value of Rs1.25bn. This was reclaimed too, according to the minister. Former MNA Sohail Shaukat Butt was in possession through an intermediary of an illegal petrol pump built on seven marlas which was also successfully reclaimed.

He said that the summary of the findings showed there was a “whole process” through which these individuals and land grabbers usurped and made use of state property by erecting plazas, markets, cinemas, housing societies and more on them. “All this screaming and shouting, this is the reality behind it,” he said.

Mudasar Qayum Nahra, Azhar Qayum Nahra and Mazhar Qayum Nahra of the PML-N were accused of illegally occupying state land of 267 kanals worth Rs100 million which had been retrieved and Mudassar Nahra was arrested on December 18 last year.

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