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Lahore: 24 Christian families want state to ensure land compensation

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Christian families have called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Chief Justice of Pakistan to ensure land compensation to them. These families claim that they were promised plots as compensation to their houses; demolished in 1992.

Lahore Development Authority

Back in 1992, their houses were demolished without any prior notices being issued. They said that later they were promised three marla plots as compensation, however the plots have not been issue to them so far. In this regard, the Lahore High Court has already issued orders four times, yet these Christian families have not been compensated until now.

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Details emerge that these Christian families have penned a petition addressing Premier Imran Khan and Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. They urged the state to make sure that they are being compensated for their houses demolished.

Dr. Yaqoob Bhatti representing the 24 affected families detailed that these families were nestled in Christian Colony, Bhekeywal, Nizam Block, Wahdat Road, Lahore. “Certain elements made the LDA demolish their houses and a church without any notice in 1992. The families were manhandled for putting up resistance,” he said.

Dr Yaqoob told the media that in this connection; members of the Christian community staged protests in front of the Chief Minister of Punjab’s Secretariat in GOR-. They also raised this issue with the then Members of the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rashid and Adil Sharif. He said that these MPA’s conveyed the injustice to then Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Manzoor Wattoo.

As a result, the then Chief Minister summoned the Director General of Lahore Development Authority. LDA official was reproved by the CM, therefore LDA Director General issued orders to allot three marla plots in the Khyber Block, Nadeem Shaheed Road and Allama Iqbal Town to the affected families.

It was revealed that on January 24, 1998; the affected families paid price of the allotted plots to LDA. Despite the fact that payment has been made, yet the affected families have not been granted procession of the allotted plots. These Christian families moved Lahore High Court four times, thus the court directed LDA to hand over the allotted plots to the petitioners. Notwithstanding, LDA has not granted procession of the allotted plots to the affected Christian families.

Dr. Yaqoob claims that the affected families possess documents regarding the allotment including receipts of the payment they deposited, orders issued by then CM Mian Wattoo and the four ruling of the Lahore High Court. The affected families now urge the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice to take efficacious steps in order to compensate them. “The Constitution grants us equal rights which are being denied to us,” Dr. Yaqoob said.