Anti-encroachment squad banished by ‘trespasser’ residents


KARACHI: An anti-encroachment operation of Karachi Development Authority (KDA) has once again been hindered by old residents of ‘illegal’ land in Gulistan-e-Johar on Tuesday, which was reportedly sold by Sindh revenue department.

Spokesperson Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Bashir Ahmed Sadozai said that Rangers’ help was sought into the matter to avert resistance of the residents occupying the three acre land since over a decade.

“There are 42 bungalows of 120-250 sq ft on the KDA land that is allotted for playground,” he said

KDA anti-encroachment team had reached with police and all its machineries to demolish the houses. A brawl had taken place between the residents and the anti-encroachment squad followed by pelting of stones on the KDA squad, said sources.

An official from the KMC media department told that KMC had failed to retrieve the land despite several attempts since more than a decade.

The residents of the land said they were had bought the land directly from the Sindh revenue department and they possessed complete documents.

“We are receiving all the utility bills including electricity bill from K-Electric, which by law cannot bill encroachers,” said a resident Ibrahim.

A female resident showed loan document of a bank on the basis of her house. Another showed income tax payment document to National Bank of Pakistan.

Director Land Department Nasir Abbas said KDA was auctioned the land by Sindh revenue department in 1979. How could somebody else claim the land?

He said the amenity land was not officially handed by the revenue department to the residents but some people were reported to be involved in it.

“Investigation is being made into the matter. Some officials of the revenue department and the relevant deputy commissioner office would be questioned their involvement,” he said.