Published On: Tue, Jan 7th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Survey of commercialization of Army-utilized estate summoned

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ISLAMABAD: Senate special committee chaired by Afrasayab Khattak on Monday has summoned complete details of lands utilized commercially by Armed Forces.

The issue of forced occupation of tribal estate in Quetta by security elements has been referred to DG-MLC (director general military lands, and cantonments), who has also been directed to take senators’ point-of-view into account, regarding the issue, resolving it as well.

Among other such related issue , payments of estate acquired for utilization by Rangers and FC troops in Nowshera was also deliberated; whence defense ministry officials informed the committee that a writ against the verdict of Peshawar High Court had been filed in Supreme Court , which Supreme Court had accepted for review. To be sooner held.

DG-MLC, Mazhar Saleem Khan also informed the committee that a summary by defense ministry relating to funds for payment of this land had been sent to finance ministry for approval; but committee members objected over the draft of such a summary, since the summary wrongly asks for disbursement of these funds to defense ministry, since the issue was subjudice in Courts of law.

Farhatullah Babar and representatives of defense ministry also indulged in a minor spat over the issue that defense ministry officials’ stance differed from their previous one.

The committee also expressed its chagrin over absence of defense ministry and secretary, giving strict directives that both should ascertain their presence in committee meetings.
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