Govt fails to retrieve inch of QAU land from encroachers: Senate told


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ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the federal government have failed to retrieve the encroached land of Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad for the last three years, despite the orders of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

According to a report submitted to the Senate on Friday, the QAU has not regained any of its 230 acres of land that is illegally occupied by influential people who have built houses and farmhouses on the university’s encroached land.

The report was a response to a question raised by Senator Dost Muhammad Khan, who asked the Ministry of Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture about the status of the anti-encroachment operation at the QAU.

The ministry stated that the QAU administration had approached the court for the settlement of the issue and that the IHC had directed the CDA and the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration to recover the university’s land.

However, the CDA and the federal government have not taken any effective action to implement the court’s orders in the last three years, the ministry admitted.

The QAU, which is the country’s premier higher education institution, has been facing the problem of land grabbing and encroachment for decades. The total area allotted for the university is 1,730 acres, of which 1,500 are in the university’s possession, while the remaining 230 acres are under illegal occupation.

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The issue has been raised by the QAU’s vice chancellors at various forums and has also drawn the attention of the president, the prime minister, and the chief justice of Pakistan, who have issued directives to resolve the matter.

According to a 2019 application filed by the university officials, the QAU paid for 1,730 acres of land and the area was handed over to the educational institution on paper in 1972, but the administrative authority did not grant possession of the whole land.

The application warned that if land grabbing, encroachment, and illegal occupation were not stopped, there might not be a university campus worth the name in the future.

It also alleged that the suspected land grabbers and unlawful squatters were politically powerful individuals who aggravated the situation for the university.

The application further stated that the QAU approached almost every authority to help them in resolving the issue, but to no avail.

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