The management of Naya Nazimabad housing project denied on Friday all allegations relating to its acquisition of land.
The Karachi West deputy commissioner, in a letter written to
provincial authorities, had stated that the Arif Habib Group was provided 128
acres of land for the housing project despite restrictions. It had urged the
Sindh Land Utilisation Department secretary to get the Naya Nazimabad lease
order and fee challan verified.
The Arif Habib Group violated rules in order to launch the
mega housing project, according to the letter. It got the lease restored in
2016 through a fake restoration order. The deputy commissioner had also urged
for freezing of five bank accounts of the housing project.
Responding to the allegations, the Naya Nazimabad management
said the ownership title of Naya Nazimabad land is “absolute, lawful,
clean and clear” as concluded in investigations conducted by courts and
several government agencies including the Sindh Board of Revenue, NAB and FIA.
The land presently owned by the Javedan Corporation Limited
has been in its possession since its nationalization through Economic Reforms
Order of 1972, it said in a statement.
“All activities undertaken by Javedan Corporation
Limited including hill-cutting, land-levelling, infrastructure development,
construction, sale and transfer bear perfect requisite approvals by the Board
of Revenue, Lyari Development Authority and the Sindh Building Control
Authority,” the statement read.
It said the Gath/Wadh (survey) form 35, which merely states
land measurement and has no bearing on title, was created through proper
“Its (Gath/Wadh form 35) cancellation was illegal and
hence it was subsequently restored,” the statement said further. “Its
genuineness is evident from several reports and documents of BOR.”
It said the Karachi West DC, despite having access to all
records and information, had chosen to misrepresent facts and commit contempt
against clear instructions as per the restraining orders of the Sindh High
Court dated February 11, 2020.