Islamabad - Amidst rumours that Federal Investigation agency (FIA) is also going to probe, what it believes, illegal allotment of hundreds of kiosks in the city, the city managers yesterday demolished dozens of kiosks, making the ‘Khokha Association’ stage protest against the CDA’s action.

dozens of owners of the kiosks yesterday staged a protest demonstration against Capital Development Authority for demolishing illegal kiosks in different sectors of the city. On the other hand, the CDA employees were also on a protest against their colleagues’ arrests by the FIA. The representatives of Khokha Association (kiosks association) assembled at the main gate of the CDA headquarters to record their protest as the enforcement directorate demolished a number of illegal kiosks in the city earlier in the day. Police contingents were called in to avoid any clash over there as the protesters were not allowed to go inside the headquarters. They were holding placards inscribed with the demand that the chief justice should take notice of the CDA’s action against kiosks.

Later, they staged a sit-in on the site.

On the other hand, CDA officials are recording their protest against FIA’s action against the officials over their alleged connivance in illegal occupation of state land in the city. The FIA’s action has stirred a wave of panic amongst the authority’s employees. Rumours have started circulating in the authority’s headquarters that FIA was about to apprehend some other CDA officials in connection with the allotment of kiosks in the city in recent past. However, the news could not be confirmed from other sources. Sources in the CDA said that the employees are also anticipating a probe into the allotment of plots in different sectors. They said that around 400 double allotments were made by the CDA officials only in sector I-14.

Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency on Tuesday last arrested several officials of Capital Development Authority in connection with their alleged role in mushroom growth of illegal settlements in the federal capital. The arrests came at a time when an inquiry is going on at FIA to determine the role of CDA officials in illegal occupation of state land in the city. “The officials went to the FIA office to record their statements but the inquiry officer did not let them come back… they were told that an FIR has been lodged against them for their alleged role in illegal occupation of state land,” sources in the CDA told The Nation. They said the FIA registered the case against 43 CDA officials whom they believe were responsible for checking growth of katchi abadis on state land during the past several years. However, the FIA could arrest only 11 officials. Six directors, two deputy directors and one assistant director are among those arrested by the FIA.