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Men open fire during an anti-encroachment drive in Islamabad

February 10, 2019
Four suspects have been arrested

Men opened fire during an anti-encroachment drive in Islamabad on Sunday.  

The police said that firing was started by members of a land mafia. Four suspects have been arrested and shifted to the Bhara Kahu police station.

The Capital Development Authority started its operation against ‘illegally’ constructed buildings in Millpur Zone-III. A bulldozer was brought to the site too. The operation was temporarily halted after the firing.

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Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat said that members of a land mafia opened fire on the CDA’s team. He remarked that the operation will continue on February 11, Monday.

Five shops have been razed in Zone III.


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    Akram Khan   February 11, 2019 8:41 am/ Reply

    Comments?.All knows that only Poor’s are tàrgetted.

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    Sher Ali   February 11, 2019 11:31 am/ Reply

    Authorities are getting lands vacated from poors to make it easier for Mafias to illegally encroach it without any resistance. This is what was done in case of Malik Riaz also

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    syed bashir ahmed   February 11, 2019 12:08 pm/ Reply

    First of all where were the concerned authority when these lands were encroached upon? Arrest those who occupied these lands illegally.

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    Wajid   February 11, 2019 2:20 pm/ Reply

    those who occupied land illegally are not poor. Those should be hanged who occupy land illegally.

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    Fazalkarim Karim   February 11, 2019 4:33 pm/ Reply

    Encroachment of land is a desease in Pakistan. Everyone is after common land. Even streets are not spared through encroached door steps thus making streets unaccessable for emergency services and general public. All encroachments must be handed with iron hand. In this case the regulating authorities are not innocent. All this happen under there shut eyes. All responsible must be punished as land grabbing mafia has been encouraged by them.

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    Mohammad Riaz   February 11, 2019 5:38 pm/ Reply

    I agreed the people encroach CD land illegally should be penesh in public name and shame

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    Shaaka   February 12, 2019 9:07 am/ Reply

    Syed sibti shah brother of nayyar bukhari is don of bara kahu especially mal pur. He along with other family members have encroached swathes of land. This isn’t an operation against poor but against mafia goons. Do you think Poors will open fire at authorities.

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    Mateen   February 12, 2019 9:43 am/ Reply

    Agar himmat ha to park road pe farm houses main jo illegal construction hoiii ha us ko demolish kr ke dikhaoo

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    Aleem   February 13, 2019 5:19 pm/ Reply

    Honestly, as a foreigner residing in Pakistan, its a shame hearing this kind of news. News of this sort is the exact reason why Pakistan, a beautiful country is entrenched with a bad image. If illegal occupation of land is taking place, surely, be that the individual is poor or rich shouldn’t be the question. The matter overall is pathetic, and as a nation you surely have to stand up and let law be above everyone. If illegal occupied land is being used, authorities have every right to demolish premises as such and should be given protection by the concerned authorities. Individuals who believed intimidation would work by firing bullets surely should be arrested and imprisoned. Pakistan needs to establish better security as an initial step to stop these mafias operating in the manner they deem fit.

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