70% of Lahore illegally built, says ACE Punjab

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Almost 70% of Lahore is unlawfully built, Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Director-General Gohar Nafees disclosed on Wednesday.

In line with the report revealed from a ceremony conducted to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, Director General Gohar said his department was making commendations on whether to contract lawfully or administratively with such a gigantic extent of “illegality”.

Every fourth request filed before ACE within the current year was linked to the Punjab Board of Revenue. “The administration of land rules and maintenance of record is a key function of the board,” he said.

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He said that the ACE had encountered nearly 7,000 complaints regarding revenue among the overall 28,756 filed throughout the province.

The police sector is facing the second-highest number of complaints.

Moreover, the director of the ACE, in an informal discussion, said that if the Lahore district administration and revenue department enhanced the tool of tackling complaints acquiesced by people, the integer of violent crimes would also dropdown. 

“Land has been the cause of a large number of disputes,” he asserted.

Nafees also announced the ACE’s yearly performance report on the occasion.

He shared that from 28,756 complaints, 28,352 had been fixed in the year. The report presented that 6,929 investigations were conducted, 1,530 new cases were recorded and 1,739 individuals were detained by the ACE during the year.

Nearly 130 of the detained people were officers of grade 17 and above, he said. He shared the ACE had recuperated Rs 28.77 billion since December last year, as well as state land worth Rs 21.56 billion.

Besides, the land having a total of 77,533 kanals and 18 marlas was recovered from land grabbers across Punjab. The ACE recuperated Rs17 billion indirectly whereas Rs 910 million was in several government charges.

Nafees informed the collaborating sitting had been decided with all officials so that they could distinguish the public insight about their organization.

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