Houses, shops adjacent to Khokhar Palace demolished in LDA operation
Khokhar brothers say govt’s action was politically motived as LHC had issued restraining order
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) on Sunday completed a grand operation at Khokhar Palace in Johar Town, which belonged to the famous Khokhar brothers, to retrieve 38 kanals of state land, demolishing three houses and several shops, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
But the district administration armed with heavy machinery and a large number of policemen reached Khokhar Palace, the residence of PML-N MPA Afzal Khokhar and Saif-ul-Malook Khokhar, on Sunday morning. They cordoned off all the roads leading to the place by placing containers to block the passageways.
The district administration claimed that they retrieved 38 kanals of land worth 1.25 billion rupees and the operation was carried out after several notices were served and after the decision of Collector Ishtimal.
As many as 13 shops and several temporary huts have been demolished with the use of heavy machinery.
The authorities also demolished the rear portion of a house belonging to Saif-ul-Malook’s nephew. They also brought down the rear portion of Muhammad Akmal Khokhar’s house.
Officials claimed that out of 177 kanals only 131 kanals were owned by Saif-ul-Malook Khokhar and the remaining land was illegally occupied.
On the other hand, PML-N MPA Saif-ul-Malook said that the government’s action was politically motived as Lahore High Court (LHC) had issued restraining order on the issue.
Earlier in December last year, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has postponed operation against the illegal wall of Khokhar Palace after facing resistance. The protesters climbed on top of the machinery and the officials were stopped from taking action. The workers and protesters chanted slogans and the operation had to be postponed.