Grabbing government land is not a phenomenon unique to cities, as many people have illegally occupied hundreds of acres of government land in villages also. They have sold this land to other people. In my village (139-RB Ghammi Faisalabad), when I was young there were plenty of empty places where we could play, now most have become commercial places. If the government was not interested in this land, it should have been distributed on merit to landless and homeless people of the area. Now some families have occupied more than two acres and some are homeless. I believe this to be a serious issue and the government should look into the matter.


Islamabad, April 6.