Islamabad: According to news reports, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Wednesday (July 14) that the government is considering introducing new legislation with harsh penalties to dissuade land grabbers.

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The premier, speaking to the media during the launching ceremony of several development projects in Islamabad, said that the threat of land grabbers is growing and that current legislation and penalty are insufficient to stop the activity. The criminals involved in the conduct are released because of the low-level punishments and gaps in the presenting of evidence.

In addition, the prime minister spoke against rising urbanization and the consequent pollution in large cities. He claimed that the Islamabad master plan would be changed shortly to accommodate the city’s rapidly growing population and to alleviate traffic difficulties. He also praised the Capital Development Authority (CDA) for producing PKR 136 billion in surplus revenue.

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The prime minister stated that the plantation push and creation of urban woods, as well as the conversion of brick kilns to zig-zag technology, would assist reduce pollution. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid, who was present at the event, stated that Islamabad will soon receive four new parks. He also announced the opening of a ‘Ladies Bazar’ for women-only shoppers and merchants.

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