ISLAMABAD - Minister for Housing and Works, Faisal Saleh Hayat, has urged the Sindh Governor to help out his ministry in recovering land from the illegal occupants in Karachi.In his letter to Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-Ul-Ebad Khan, the federal minister has said that these properties have been in illegal possession of the retired federal government employees or the families of deceased employees for many years now, in blatant contravention of all laws.He added that ministry of housing and works is maintaining prime real estate in various areas of Karachi. These properties are being utilised for multiple purposes. Over 3,800 properties/accommodations have been constructed at Jehangir Road, FC Area, Pakistan quarters, Bath Island, Pakistan Quarters and other localities. These residences are meant for allotment to serving government employees only.  This fact has already been brought to your kind attention that these properties are in the illegal possession of the retired federal government employees or the families of deceased employees for many years now, in blatant contravention of all laws.Additionally, over the past few years, a series of illegal constructions/ encroachments have been carried out on the federal government lands measuring 630 Acres approximately under cooperative housing societies and Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation, Karachi. This has created huge problems for the ministry in allotting residential facilities to serving federal government employees and also handicapped us in initiating further, the residential schemes for Federal Govt Employees in Karachi. This has obviously further aggravated the already grave official’s residential problem in Karachi, besides adding to our legal complications. “I also here would bring to your attention the fact that senior federal government officials were physically stopped from undertaking and carrying out their official duties during their visit to these areas recently. They were assigned the task to ascertain the extent of encroachments carried out by these illegal encroachers. Detailed facts can be made available to you if so desired. “I will also bring to your kind attention the orders of the Honourable ‘Sindh High Court’ setting aside the orders vide letter No. 5(54)/89-Policy, dated 11-06-2003 and 27-06-2003. Under the ‘Sindh High Court’ orders, the two options are required to be adopted which are the un-authorised occupants have, therefore, not only to vacate the accommodation but also have to deposit the rent as per the provisions of Accommodation Allocation Rules, 2002 for which the assistance of the provincial government is essential. and the encroached Federal Government Land is also required to be evicted so that the new residential schemes for low paid Government employees as well as general public could be initiated.“In view of the above, it is earnestly requested and urged that you kindly use your official and personal influence to resolve these long outstanding issues at the earliest. Any further delay will continue to cause further loss to public exchequer   besides tarnishing the good image of our government, besides adhering to the woes of the serving Federal Government Employees in Karachi,” the federal minister for housing added.