Pakistan Railways launches operation against encroachers

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Rawalpindi : On the directives of Pakistan Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, the staff of Property and Land Department of Pakistan Railways launched a grand operation here on Wednesday against the encroachers who had occupied land belonging to the department.

According to details, the railway minister during his visit to various parts of Rawalpindi took serious notice over the failure of railway officials from getting the departmental lands vacated from encroachers.

While presiding over a meeting, Khwaja Saad Rafiq had issued special directives to the Divisional Superintendent Rawalpindi Division, Syed Munawar Shah, to take immediate measures for removing encroachers from the railway land so that it could be used for commercial purposes in order to generate revenue for paying the debt. The minister had also issued special orders for taking steps to check corruption at departmental level.

Following the directives of the minister, the DS set up special team of Property and Land Department headed by Ejaz Ahmed, Executive Engineer and Shahnawaz, Assistant Executive Engineer along with Pakistan Railways policemen. The operation was launched from Dhoke Chiraghdin, Chaklala Cantonment where the railway staff removed all kind of temporary and permanent structures built on Railway land illegally. The sudden operation by railway staff forced the affected people to resist in protest.

According to the affectees, Pakistan Railways did not issue any kind of notice to them before launching this operation.

It is high handedness of the government against us, the affectees claimed while talking to this correspondent.

According to law, a department has to serve legal notices to the related persons before carrying out any kind of operation, but this was not done. While carrying out operation, the staff of Pakistan Railways with the help of police demolished building structures including number of shops, six to seven residential buildings. The affectees have announced to approach the court against the sudden drive of Pakistan Railways without serving notices to them.

When approached, Ejaz Ahmed, Executive Engineer, confirmed the report of removing permanent and temporary building structures from the land of railways occupied illegally by people.

He said that Pakistan Railways had served them notices time and again, but the people did not take them seriously. He also confirmed that action against encroachers were taken on the directions of the Railways minister. The drive against encroachers would continue in all parts of cantonment where railway land has been illegally occupied by people.

Courtesy: The News

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