Illegal occupants encroach 30 properties of ‘enemies’

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ISLAMABAD: Illegal occupants have seized control of 30 properties, belonging to ‘enemies’, spread across various cities in the country.

The documented evidence reveals that these unauthorized occupants have taken possession of enemy properties worth billions in Lahore, Karachi, Sukkur, Tharparkar, and Shikarpur.

The Custodian of Enemy Property (EP) cell has formally approached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to initiate eviction proceedings against those unlawfully residing in these 30 properties.

It is noteworthy that the Office of the Custodian of Enemy Property for Pakistan operates under the administrative jurisdiction of the Ministry of Communications.

Dating back to the 1965/1971 wars with India, properties owned by Indian nationals in Pakistan were designated as “Enemy Property” under the Defence of Pakistan Rules, 1965/1971.

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In 1967, the responsibility for overseeing matters related to “Enemy Property” was entrusted to the Ministry of Communications by the Cabinet Division.

In the 2022-23 audit, the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) deemed the encroachment on enemy property irregular and unauthorized.

The AGP Report recommends the swift evacuation of these properties from illegal occupants.

According to Section 4(2)(ii) of the Enemy Property (Customs & Registration) Order, 1978, cited in the AGP Report, the custodian, or a specially authorized pensioner, may take action to recover any money due to the enemy for this purpose.

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