By Nasir Mehmood (Drosh)
In the year 2009, a dispute regarding grazing land (Lasht Dap) spreading over several hundred kanals propped up in village Lavi of tehsil Drosh and a litigation started in the court of law. After due process of law, recording statements of witnesses and on the light of other documents on 29/10/2010 Judicial Magistrate/Civil Judge Drosh declared the disputed land as a state property under 21/07/1975 notification and the judgment is still intact. The land also consists of a playground for children and is a grazing land for the local community.
Recently, work on the Lavi hydel power project has been started and this state property provided more than 100 kanal of free land to the provincial government because roads and outlet dams as well as shelters for the will be constructed in this area. Hence billions of rupees of the provincial government have been saved due to this free land available to be used for different purposes such as construction of roads, dams and many other purposes for the project.
At the same time it came into the notice of villagers that Land Acquisition Department Chitral in collaboration with settlement department had clandestinely allocated compensation in the name of some individuals against this state property and payments were at the final stage. If the matter is true it is a gross violation of 29/10/2010 Judgment of Civil Judge Drosh in which the land had been declared as state property. If compensation is given to certain individual on account of this state property it will provide an opportunity to the individual to encroach the land and state of Pakistan will be denied precious land of more than several hundred kanlas as well as 300 households of Lavi will be denied from their common pasture and grazing area. If any compensation is paid to any individual against this common/state property it will also result serious state of uncertainty in the village and perpetual law and order situation will arise in the area.
People of the village also reserve the right to appeal to the chairman National Accountability Bureau and the chief justices of Pakistan and Peshawar High Court and other relevant forums to take action against the officials of the settlement department and land acquisition department if any payment was made to any individual against the state and common property. Because it is tantamount to disloyalty on the part of government servants taking all benefits from public exchequer and compromise on the interest of the state and provide benefit to any third party at the cost of government.
In this connection, the deputy commissioner and the Land Acquisition Department Chitral are appealed to immediately stop compensation of any payment against this state property to any individual and protect this property from encroachments.
The deputy commissioner is also requested to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the matter through honest and professional officials so that the issue can be resolved on the basis of the 29/10/2010 court order. The chief minister, chief secretary KP and the commissioner Malakand Division are also requested to take immediate action for protection of state properties. Officials of the Settlement Department are real custodians of state properties and they must play their role to protect state properties from encroachments instead of facilitating land mafia.
By Nasir Mehmood (Drosh)