Govt Retrieves Hundreds of Acres of Illegally Occupied Lands from MPAs & MNAs

In a significant first, the Anti-Corruption Department Punjab has registered cases against an influential land-grabbing mafia comprised of more than 50 current and former Members of the National Assembly (MNAs) and has relinquished the lands that they had occupied for 30 years.

This development was revealed in a report by the Anti-Corruption Department to the government of Punjab that detailed how government lands across the province (including Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Rawalpindi, and Faisalabad) had been occupied by MNAs and MPAs via close relatives and frontmen.


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It was revealed that a majority of the lawmakers on the list, including the former Foreign Minister, Khawaja Asif, and his wife and son, Mohammad Asad, were affiliated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The illegal occupiers had built houses, commercial markets, van/bus stands, and cinemas on the encroached land and had been earning millions of rupees per month through them for years.

During the two and a half years of the anti-encroachment drive, the 460 acres, 5,522 canals, and 64 marlas of land were retrieved from influential people by the Anti-Corruption Department.  Most of this land is agricultural and commercial and cases were registered against the alleged owners.


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The Director-General Anti-Corruption Department, Muhammad Gohar Nafees, said that a strict crackdown against the land mafia is in progress under the law and that action is being taken against the accused.

A report has also been sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar in this regard.

  • Sad reality is that, after encroachment, peoples are getting back on same place and no one is there to stop them.
    Hope they put hefty fine on those who illegally occupy Govt lands.

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