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CDA asked to demarcate QAU land in 45 days.

ISLAMABAD -- Showing its concern over encroachment of a large portion of Quaid-i-Azam University land, a parliamentary committee on Wednesday set a 45-day deadline for Capital Development Authority (CDA) to demarcate entire land of the university.

The chronic issue of encroachment the QAU land by locals of the area as well as a politician came under discussion in detail by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education, which met here on the campus.

The committee chairman MNA Amirullah Marwat said: 'In our society, people murder each other for few kanal, but here in this university acres of land has been encroached upon but no action has been taken, it's unfortunate.'

A QAU official while giving presentation to committee said that a large portion of the varsity's land is under illegal occupation of the land grabbers. He said the university had a land dispute with a politician.

NA body concerned over encroachment of a large portion of university land

He said that in 2006, the ICT officials during demarcation of the disputed land gave the decision in favour of the politician.

However, last year, the ICT revenue department had suspended the said demarcation.

Last year, the then additional deputy commissioner Revenue Rabia Aurangzeb in her judgment, decided the case in favour of QAU by suspending the previous demarcation. She also called for fresh demarcation but because of negligence of CDA, the fresh demarcation could not be held so far.

Newly appointed chairman CDA Usman Akhtar Bajwa told the committee that he would make his best effort to get the demarcation process completed within 45 days.

Member Planning, CDA, Asad Mehboob Kayani also assured the committee that the task of completing demarcation would be completed in stipulated time.

Deputy Commissioner retired Capt Mustaq Ahmed said the ICT would provide magisterial cover to CDA's team for carrying out demarcation.

During the meeting, the QAU VC Dr. Javed Ashraf said that university was helpless against the influential land grabbers and encroachers.

He said when the university staff made attempts to get the land vacated, the land grabbers unleashed dogs on them. Responding to VC's remarks, the minister for federal education Balighur Rehman said that VC should have lodged FIRs against the land grabbers and those, who unleashed dogs.

The minister said the university was encroachment from old dwellers of the area and the university staff.

The committee also directed the Member Planning, CDA to submit progress report regarding the demarcation to Chairman of the committee on weekly basis.

The committee also discussed the issue of the students of Indus International Institute, Dera Ghazi Khan regarding awards of degrees and transcripts to them in detail.

Earlier, the committee considered the 'The Institute for Art and Culture Bill 2018' in detail and approved it unanimously.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 1, 2018
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