The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Wednesday took strong notice regarding incidents of land grabbing and fraud regarding property and directed the Sindh Board of Revenue to complete a land survey in the province within four months. The court ordered this after leaning that around 10,515 acres in Karachi were being illegally occupied while state institutions were also involved in the practice. The SC also directed investigation into land lease in the province while citing corruption in the revenue department as a reason.
A three-member bench of the SC also resumed the hearings of the ‘Karachi law and order implementation case’. During the hearing, revenue officials disclosed that over 10,000 acres of land in Karachi were being illegally occupied while corrupt government officials were also cashing in on the crime. Regarding the survey project, the officials informed the bench that out of a total of 93 Dehs in Karachi, topographical survey of 87 Dehs had been completed while 67 Dehs would be taken on very soon.
Revenue officials disclosed the involvement of state institutions such as KPT, DHA, PQA and Malir Authority in land grabbing. The bench noted that citizens were suffering immensely due to the obsolete system and directed all officials to correct such anomalies to better accommodate citizens.