Islamabad: PM Imran Khan has urged the provinces to finish anti-encroachment legislation as soon as possible, in addition to prosecuting ongoing cases of encroached state land. On Friday, the Prime Minister presided over a meeting of the National Coordinating Committee for Housing, Construction, and Development.

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Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin, State Minister Farrukh Habib, special assistants Malik Amin Aslam and Dr Shahbaz Gill, FBR chairman, Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority chairman, and senior federal and provincial government employees attended the meeting.

The Surveyor General of Pakistan (SGP) provided a detailed briefing on cadastral mapping in Pakistan at the conference.

It was noted that 88% of government lands had been mapped, indicating that thousands of acres of government land worth trillions of dollars had been illegally encroached upon.

Aside from WAPDA, National Highway Authority (NHA), Civil Aviation, and Railways lands, the majority of illegal encroachments are on forest grounds.

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The premier instructed the provinces to complete the cadastral mapping data verification process within two months and urged provincial governments to complete the legislative process against illegal encroachments on public land as soon as possible.

The process of digitalization of private lands would be finished in the following phase, with the assistance of provincial governments, according to the meeting.

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