Punjab’s Anti-Corruption Establishment retrieves 36-kanal of state land occupied by Sharif’s

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  • On Saturday, a team comprising the officials from the anti-corruption department, police, and revenue department raided the site and retrieved 16 kanals of the occupied land.
  • The revenue department estimated the value of the land at 22.5 million PKR.
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Photo courtesy Express Tribune.

The provincial Anti-Corruption establishment recovered some 36 kanals of land from the illegal occupation. The land belongs to the government’s property and was illegally occupied for the last 37 years. The revenue department estimated the value of the land at 22.5 million PKR.

According to the report of Tribune, ACE Regional Director Shafqat Ullah the department utilized a different method to identify the land illegally occupied on the orders of the new ACE Chief Gohar Nafees. Conventionally, a complaint is filed with the anti-graft body to initiate any action against the illegal occupation of land.

Ittefaq Sugar Mills was in possession of 36 kanals of land since 1982. The information was also cross-checked by examining the records and later on Pakpattan’s assistant commissioner ordered the state property to be vacated under Section 32 and 34 of the Colonisation Act earlier this month.

On Saturday, a team comprising the officials from the anti-corruption department, police, and revenue department raided the site and found 16 kanals of the occupied land vacant and the remaining 20 kanals were covered by a store and a laboratory. However, the constructed area was partially damaged because the mills were shifted to Rahim Yar Khan.

The occupants were unable to produce any documentation to justify the possession of the land. ACE Regional Director also said that no rent was paid for the occupied piece of land since 1982 and the amount of rent would be in billions.

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Mr. Shafqat also said to have ordered an inquiry on why the revenue department remained silent over the illegitimate occupation of land and why there was no assessment of the lagan and its payment. The recovery of the land was the part of the Anti-Corruption Establishment’s efforts crackdown against the land-grabbers in Sahiwal.

According to the report available with Dawn, the chief minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif being the chief executive of the province allotted the land in violation of court’s orders and when ACE team sought a reply Mr. Sharif said that the case is over 30 years old and he did not remember anything about it. “My legal team would reply in this regard,” Mr.Sharif added.

Currently, the ex three times prime minister of the country is serving his jail term and his brother Shahbaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz are also in custody.

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