KARACHI: Supreme Court of Pakistan has imposed ban on the illegal construction work that was being carried out on the phase III and IV of the controversial Bahria Town here in the Port City.
Public who had invested billions of rupees on the unlawful project is panicked to see their lifetime savings go down the drain.
According to details the land on which Bahria Town was constructing Phase III and IV originally belongs to a Hindu citizen.
Bahria Town encroached upon the said territory, reckoning that as Government land, and allotted the plots.
But after hearing the case, Apex Court has passed judgment in favor of the said owner who belongs to the minority community.
Subsequently, Supreme Court has ordered Bahria Town to vacate the terrain on which it was building its phase III and IV unlawfully.
Alarmed Bahria Town Management is now endeavoring to pull wool over the Supreme Court eye by putting mud on the routes saying those were built long time ago.
According to sources the future of Bahria Town is at great risk on one end and on the other end citizens who had handed over billions of rupees to Bahria Town are shocked foreseeing the looming debacle. The public’s sole hope for justice is from the courts.
It is pertinent to mention here that hundreds of cases are pending against Bahria Town in courts and stay had also been ordered in many cases. Yet Bahria Town’s relentless illicit expansion goes on unabated.
Bahria Town has allegedly usurped 40,000 acres of land while originally it was only granted 1330 acres.
Since reportedly the Police is also teaming-up with Bahria Town, Rangers have been instructed to implement the court’s orders.
Due to the raids carried out by Rangers for a week now the work at Bahria Town’s Phase II, III and IV has been stopped. As soon as the Bahria Town management sees Rangers approaching they put their laborers out of sight.
Affectees have appealed the court to order establishment of permanent posts around the Bahria Town manned by Rangers personnel.
FIA arrests human smuggler, recovers 167 passports
ISLAMABAD: Anti Human Trafficking Cell (AHTC) of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a raid at Civic Centre Phase-4 Bahria Town Rawalpindi and arrested a human smuggler.
According to a press release issued here Wednesday, FIA AHTC also recovered 167 Pakistani passports from the possession of the accused, Uzair Hussain s/o Ghulam Hussain.
A case has also been registered against the accused. The accused was also involved in extortion of Rs.5.1 million from Hajj pilgrims.
Misuse of authority by CAA and PIA officials, NAB chief orders verification
ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of the misuse of authority by CAA and PIA, Chairman NAB Justice (R) Javed Iqbal today ordered complaint verification against officials of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).
The chairman NAB took notice of media reports as PIA passengers were suppose to return from Skardu by PIA flight which reached from Islamabad and was scheduled to come back on time but the Director General CAA allegedly took a group of friends for a special tour to Nanga Parbat on the PIA plane by misusing his authority and due to which PIA passengers have to wait for two hours, said a press release.
The chairman NAB ordered NAB Gilgit/Rawalpindi to probe the matter in detail and submit a report in this regard.
Javed Iqbal also sought a report from PIA for taking action against former CEO of PIA who not only took away PIA plane to abroad without any legal authority and then selling it on throw away price in Germany. The Chairman NAB said PIA was our national asset and safety of this asset was our national duty.
He directed to identify the real culprits allegedly involved in both the incidents so that they would be brought to justice and to recover lost national exchequer from them.
Anti Narcotics Force commanders conference held
RAWALPINDI: Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Commanders Conference was held here on Wednesday at ANF Headquarters under the chairmanship of Director General, Major General Musarrat Nawaz Malik.
The conference was attended by Commanders of all ANF Regional Directorates and Senior Staff Officers. During the conference, the DG appreciated the performance of ANF outfits especially ongoing Hajj Operation initiated throughout the country smoothly and focused on the campaign against drug sellers affecting the youth.
He also highlighted the emerging trends of use of synthetic drugs, underlining it as a grave threat requiring special measures. He urged to ensure the strict checking of the pilgrims as well as international flights and to speed up the ongoing countrywide counter-narcotics operations, with a continued special focus on the apprehension of elements involved in the distribution of drugs among the students of academic institutions and hostels.
He also directed the commanders to take measures for the apprehension of absconders and proclaimed offenders.
The DG reviewed the progress of counter-narcotics operations and stressed on proactive and innovative steps for curbing drug trafficking and apprehension of sources of supply of drugs.
Moreover, matters pertaining to enforcement, intelligence, assets investigation, prosecution, mass awareness, finance, administration, and infrastructure development were widely discussed, futuristic goals were also set-forth, paying special concentration on new initiatives and capacity building goals.