Islamabad: On Wednesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) requested a response from the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) in response to a petition filed by the affected land owners of the revenue estate Mohrian – a suburb of Islamabad – challenging the acquisition of their land by a third party. The petition was heard by IHC Justice Athar Minallah.

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A petition was filed with the IHC by 63 landowners challenging a judgement that allowed a private builder to acquire land in the revenue estate. Advocate Hassan Maan, counsel for the petitioner, stated that the private land provider was acquiring property under a “dormant” land purchase award of Rs1.7 to Rs2 million per kanal.

The same site, however, is being sold to the FGEHA for the development of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBAP) Housing Society for Rs. 3.4 million, according to the lawyer.

Justice Minallah also heard a plea filed against the FGEHA-appointed committee for the development of the SCBAP’s housing society, which was presided over by Justice Maqbool Baqir. The petitioners’ attorney, Advocate Daniyal Hassan, informed the court that at a meeting of the committee, it was decided to apply Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, which allows for forced acquisition of land for public purposes.

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The petitioners wanted to combine it with another petition filed by persons impacted in the Mohrian revenue estate, but Mr Maan objected, therefore the IHC deferred the first petition until November 11 and the second until November 14.

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