Sindh govt launches operation against 200 illegal farmhouses

Three farmhouses owned by PTI leader’s relatives bulldozed in Malir: Haleem Adil Sheikh terms operation act of revenge

By: News Desk      Published: 04:50 PM, 6 Feb, 2021
Sindh govt launches operation against 200 illegal farmhouses

The Sindh government has launched an operation against the land mafia in order to retrieve the state land, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Three farmhouses were razed to the ground in Malir district of Karachi on Saturday while the operation against the farmhouses belonging to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader and Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh’s relatives was underway.

According to reports, the district administration and the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) officials were assisting the anti-encroachment cell’s staff in the operation.

The authorities have identified 200 farmhouses in Malir district which they plan to bulldoze, citing occupation of the state land as a reason for the operation.

Anti-encroachment cell officials say the anti-encroachment operation would be conducted against palm villages and country club farmhouses located in the district while police say the operation, which is being conducted on court’s orders, will continue till Monday (February 8).

However, police later clarified they were not directly involved in it.

Reacting to the operation being carried out by the authorities against his brother and other relatives’ farmhouses in Malir district, PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh termed it an act of revenge.

He said that the farmhouses were being bulldozed on the orders of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah who had been instructed by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for that despite the fact that the Sindh High Court (SHC) had granted ‘stay’ in the case.

“We have with us papers of all properties,” Haleem added.

Similarly, the PTI leader said, another operation was being carried out against the farm houses owned by his cousin Tariq Qureshi in Gadap area of the provincial capital.

Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, while commenting on operation against farm houses in district Malir, said there were no such reports that a farm house of any political figure had been razed to the ground. “The operation is only against illegal encroachments, and it is in accordance with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s policy,” he said, and urged PTI lawmakers to support the operation since the prime minister himself was opposed to occupation of the state land.

Nasir said although he would not let the authorities demolish a farm house built on a private land, but at the same time, however, farm houses built on state land would not be left untouched.

He said he was in touch with the concerned officials following reports circulating on media, and those people would be compensated whose farm house was found to have been demolished without any justification.

Murad says PTI leader’s farmhouse not brought down

Talking to the media in Hyderabad, Sindh CM Syed Murad Ali Shah said no operation was conducted against the farm house of PTI leader Haleem Adil Sheikh. “I am not aware why the district administration is carrying out operation in Malir,” he added.