Islamabad: According to media sources, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the payment of thousands of people whose inherited land was taken over by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the development of residential zones in the federal capital.
The landowners will be compensated at the current market rate of their property, according to a single bench chaired by Chief Justice Athar Minallah. In addition, the federal government has ordered the development of a common strategy for land compensation for residential development.
The agreement made between the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority and the F-14/15 victims was upheld by Chief Justice Minallah. Each landowner would receive a 10-marla developed area for every two kanal and one kanal for every four kanal, according to the deal.
The chief justice stated that the authorities had abused their authority by seizing property from communities, despite the fact that affected landowners had been seeking compensation for decades. The ruling also indicated discrimination since the agency failed to pay 11,000 workers fairly.
Following the seizure of peasants’ land, a substantial number of plots were given to agency workers at low prices. The sites were also said to be in the most attractive developed districts. In addition, 23,844 plots were awarded to agency employees, while 7,127 plots were offered to other privileged groups for a minimal fee.
According to court documents, the CDA has acquired 304.62 square kilometers of land, with 158 built-up property awards and 527 land acquisition awards. The entire amount owed for land acquisition was PKR 8.0224 billion, with some payments previously made.