The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has retrieved Rs 75 billion worth of state land near Karachi. According to the bureau, some revenue officials illegally allocated 10,000 acres of land to several housing schemes near Superhighway Karachi.
The NAB initiated an inquiry against fake allotments of land by the revenue officials in Thana Boola Khan Jamshoro area. NAB told that after the inquiry was concluded and concrete evidence was presented, the Sindh Revenue Department canceled all illegal allotments of land. This means that around 10,000 acres of land were recovered, NAB added.
The bureau arrested three revenue officials for tempering the land rights record of around 731 acres of land. The officials showed this land as privately owned, however, NAB arrested them in April and restored the state property.
NAB released several statements after the investigation saying;
An investigation against revenue authorities on allegations of fake allotments of lands at Thana Boola Khan, Jamshoro, was carried out and NAB was successful in getting thousands of acres of land cancelled by the revenue authorities.
On the basis of established irrefutable evidence, NAB got more than 10,000 acres of state land, embezzled and usurped by land mafia, cancelled by the revenue authorities of District Jamshoro.
NAB added that the land was allocated to several housing schemes near main Superhighway. However, the accountability watchdog didn’t name these societies and failed to provide a specific number as to how many societies have started their operations in the area.
The bureau closed the statement by saying that a reference will be filed against the accused soon.
Meanwhile, after the NAB investigation, the Sindh Revenue Department banned the issuance of sale certificates of the land in question.