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Imran Khan directed not to dislocate poor in anti-encroachment drive: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed not to dislocate poor people in drive against encroached land.

“The government has devised a plan for resettlement of poor if they are dislodged. Those who deprived the poor people of their hard earned money will be brought to justice and the amount will be recovered from them,” he said while talking to media in Islamabad after inspecting the ongoing anti-encroachment drive in the federal capital.

He warned that the state would impose its will against anyone who challenged its authority.

“Law will be applicable on everyone in the Naya Pakistan and now it has become impossible to challenge its writ,” he said.

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Shehryar Khan Afridi said out of total 514 kanals of encroached land in Islamabad, 140 kanals had been recovered. He said in today’s operation commercial buildings erected on 65 kanals of land were dismantled and land retrieved.

The minister also vowed to take action against employees of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and other departments who connived with the land mafia to help them grab lands.

Shehryar Khan Afridi said a revised Master Plan of Islamabad will be made public soon.

He said all provinces are playing effective role in anti-encroachment campaign.

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