Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) to resolve the issues of the F-14 and F-15 landowners within six weeks.

While hearing identical petitions against land acquisition for these sectors, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah reminded the FGEHA that landowners are the most important stakeholders in any sector’s development, but the authority was treating them unfairly.

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Justice Minallah stated that it was an unfairness that the authority forcibly took property from villagers and that the authority’s executive board adjudicated any land acquisition disputes, but that every member of the FGEHA executive board benefited from the development of both sectors.

Following the balloting of plots for F-14 and F-15 on August 17, the FGEHA executive board unanimously authorised one plot for each of its members.

The IHC, on the other hand, has put the executive board’s decision on hold. Allotments of all 4,723 plots to top judges, including Pakistan’s Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, senior puisne judge Umar Atta Bandial, and 50 other superior court justices, senior officials, and others, have been halted by Justice Minallah.

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Since the FGEHA had created economic interests among its board members, Justice Minallah questioned how they would adjudicate on appeals against the acquisition of land for these sectors.

Advocate Danyal, a counsel for the landowners, however, requested the court to decide the petitions since FGEHA appeared not interested in compensating the villagers. Justice Minallah advised him to have faith in the government entity.

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