Govt likely to begin operation against QAU’s land grabbers in few days

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QAU administration warns encroachers to vacate land or face consequences

ISLAMABAD: The incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is all set to take action against the land grabbers of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) within the next few days, as the university administration warned the encroachers to vacate the land or get ready to face the music.

Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that the university administration wrote a letter to the Islamabad commissioner to vacate the encroached university land from land grabbers who have remained untouchable for almost a decade.

They said that past governments had failed to take action against the encroachers due to political expediency; however, the current government has decided to bust the encroachers if they did not vacate the land voluntarily.

The university administration warned all illegal occupants to vacate the university land immediately; otherwise, the government would launch an operation for their evacuation and they themselves would be responsible for any damage done in the process.

The university administration on Tuesday said that an area of 1709 Acres, 4 kanals and 12 marlas, was acquired by Capital Development Authority (CDA) in 1967-72 for Quaid-e-Azam University, formerly known as University of Islamabad, but vacant possession and on-ground demarcation of the said land was not given to the university by CDA, hence the educational institution inherited a number of illegal occupants including nine villages spreading on about 298 acres of land inside the campus, along with illegal encroachment from outside.

It is pertinent to mention here that at present total shortfall in University land is 450 acres of which 298 acres of land in the custody of illegal occupants/encroachers.

The QAU admin had requested president and the Education minister to help vacate the land many times in the past but was ignored. Former Senate chairman Syed Nayyar Bokhari was also asked to leave the site which he had occupied since 2007 but he clearly refused.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising representatives of Quaid-e-Azam Alumni Association (QAUAA) and Academic Staff Association (ASA) has announced to stage a protest demonstration on Wednesday to force the government to vacate QAU’s land from the illegal occupants.

However, when this scribe contacted CDA spokesperson Safdar Ali Shah, he stated that CDA had handed over the land’s possession back in the ’70s and it is actually the incompetence of the university administration who did not protect and retain its land.

To a question, he said that the university administration wrote a letter to the Islamabad Commissioner to vacate the land and a joint operation would be conducted by CDA, ICT and police against the encroachers of the university land only after the commissioner’s approval.