Karachi: 5,623 acres of land retrieved, 156 land grabbers arrested
Karachi: Under the Removal of Encroachment Act 2010, around 5,623 acres of state land has been recovered, while 156 suspected land grabbers have been arrested.
This was stated in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas at his office here on Friday. The meeting was held to implement the Supreme Court judgment in the suo moto case on target killings in the city.
The News learnt that the participants were informed that following the Supreme Court directions, around 1,800-2,000 acres of land have been retrieved to date. It was pointed out that an anti-encroachment force has been established in Karachi, while two similar police stations in Hyderabad and Thatta were working towards recovering official lands.
It was stated that out of the 156 land-grabbers taken into custody, some had been granted bail from the courts. The chair directed the provision of a list of encroachers who were released on bail.
About another direction of the SC regarding judicial inquiries from 1985 to the current day, a home department official informed the meeting that judicial inquiries into the killings in Karachi from the year 2001 to 2011 were available at the department and police. It was directed that a comprehensive report on the judicial inquiries should be submitted.
The meeting was informed that recent police and Rangers operations have eradicated no-go-areas in the city. The chief secretary also sought reports from the police/home department about no-go-areas created on the basis of sectarian tension and also the progress made in establishing a witness protection system.
It was pointed out that a judicial commission has been established to provide compensation to the families of policemen martyred during the Karachi operations of 1992 and 1996. Directions were issued to all the concerned departments to submit progress reports about the implementation of SC directions by November 1 as they were likely to be submitted before the superior judiciary for review.
Meanwhile, a hand out said that the chief secretary asked the various departments to improve the pace of implementing SC decisions.
The meeting was also informed that 88 illegal hydrants had been removed. It reviewed the progress of action taken to recover illegal weapons The meeting was attended by Senior Member Board of Revenue, I.G. Sindh, Secretary Law, Additional Advocate General, Deputy Director General Rangers and other senior officials.