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Housing societies selling more land than available to them

ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday criticised the city’s managers for not taking action against the various housing societies which have sold plots which measure in excess to the land available.

During a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control at Parliament House, the committee’s chairman Senator Rehman Malik said people are being cheated by the administrations of private housing societies.

“The Capital Development Authority (CDA) deals with housing societies while the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration deals with cooperative housing societies.

“We are receiving complaints from people regarding fraud being committed by housing societies,” Senator Malik said, adding that a member of the CDA is also running an illegal housing society.
Senators criticise city managers for not taking action against illegal housing societies

Other than authorised housing societies, over 100 illegal housing societies operate in the federal capital, many of which have sold land reserved for parks, graveyards and schools.

The committee also took up the matter of reports that the Pak-Turk schools will be closing down.

“We value our friendship with Turkey, but we cannot just close down schools because someone wants us to,” the committee chairman said.

State Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Balighur Rehman said the government will not be closing down Pak-Turk schools.

Talking to Dawn after the meeting, the minister said that Pakistani directors have been appointed in the schools and that he cannot say if new Turkish staff will be appointed as well.

The committee also discussed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2016 and approved the bill subject to the resolution of objections by some members.

The committee approved amendments to section 298 of the Pakistan Penal Code for “intent to wound religious feelings” the inclusion of the words “inciting religious, sectarian or ethnic hatred”, and increasing the term of punishment from one to three years.

The committee also approved amendments to section 498B which related to forced marriages. The amendment asks for increasing the maximum punishment in case of female child or non-Muslim woman from five to 10 years.

Amendments to sections 23, 29 and 32 of the Police Act 1861 and section 11W of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1998 were also approved.

Most of the senators approved the bill already passed by the National Assembly.

The minister of state for interior was advised that separate amendments as per the observation of the Senators may be moved.

The committee then discussed The Corporal Punishment Bill 2016 which was moved by Senator Saleem Mandiwala.

After discussing the ambit of the jurisdiction and the criterion of violation, the committee chairman constituted a subcommittee with Senator Tahir Mashhadi as its convenor.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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