Islamabad: As per the latest news, the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Interior was referred an amendment to the land transfer law in Islamabad on Monday.

Two PTI lawmakers introduced the amendment in order to make the land transfer mechanism more transparent.

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MNAs Sajida Begum and Naureen Farooq drew the Interior Ministry’s attention to a “matter of urgent public importance regarding non-availability of open, fair and transparent system of mutation (land/property) in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Federal areas, causing grave concern among the public,” according to their calling attention notice.

MNA Sajida Begum said the patwari system was at the root of non-transparency, adding that land is seized after people die and that new policies are required.

In response to the summons, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Shaukat Ali told the house that the land of Islamabad is valuable, noting that the city has a total area of 250,000 acres. He stated that 70,000 acres belonged to the forest, 70,000 acres to private individuals, including housing societies, and 70,000 acres had been acquired by the CDA.

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According to the parliamentary secretary, the Land Revenue Act of 1967 and the Land Revenue Rules of 1968 were used to manage the selling and purchase of land in Islamabad.

He stated that both the sellers and the buyers, as well as two witnesses, would appear in person before the officers in charge of the land transfer.

He said that the Interior Ministry had been working on land computerization to improve transparency in the sale-purchase process.

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