Probe Ordered Into Allotment Of Land To Private Builder

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RAWALPINDI: Following directives by the provincial government, the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ECE) has launched an investigation against the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and a private housing society for illegally allotting government land to the latter.

A press release issued by the ACE said an anti-land grabbing cell had been formed to crack down on “estate land grabbers.”

According to a source, the move came about after Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent visit to Lahore directed the provincial government to remove all encroachments from government land.

Following the directive, the ACE launched a crackdown on those who had encroached government land.

The ACE regional directorates were directed to compile data of private housing societies and government land to identify the land grabbers.

The ACE Rawalpindi launched an inquiry against the RDA and a private housing society in connection with a land deed which was termed illegal.

During an initial inquiry, it emerged that huge loss was caused to the government by allotting 703 kanals to the housing society at cheaper rates.

ACE Director Arif Raheem appointed Zahid Mehmood, circle officer, as the inquiry officer to probe the matter.

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