MULTAN: Acting against the land mafia on the order of Ali Annan Qamar, deputy commissioner of Muzaffargarh, Jamil Haider Shah, Qamar’s deputy, has retrieved the shrine of Khairan Shah built on state land near Muzaffargarh city, resisting pressure from the local influentials.
The shrine had been a bone of contention between two local groups for years. One had submitted an application in the court of Shah for possession and wanted warrant dakhal against the other.
After hearing the case, Shah decided to take its possession and then be handed over to Auqaf and Religious Affairs Department since it’s a source of income for the government and was built on state land.
He directed the circle revenue officer (CRO) to get it under government control and donations collected through it be deposited in the national exchequer till its handing over to the department.
According to Shah, local influentials were receiving monthly sums from this shrine.
Since his appointment to the district, Qamar has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against the land mafia and recovered vast swathes of state land from encroachers.
He said the purpose behind the retrieval of state property is to take back public resources and use them for the nation’s welfare. He said action against the land mafia would continue unabated and lauded Shah for retrieving state land from the clutches of the mafia.
Qamar further said there is no place for land grabbers in the district and his administration would continue to crack down against encroachments without any fear or favour.