ISLAMABAD - The NWFP government is considering the proposal to declare Gul Jees property in Nathiagali as national heritage in the wake of purported attempts by some local residents to grab the land of the late veteran artist, credible sources confided to TheNation. Sources in Galiyat Development Authority (GDA), wishing not to be identified, informed this scribe that the proposal about declaring Gul Jees two houses, a small art gallery and around ten kanals of unused land was moved to the NWFP Governor who would decide the fate of the said property. However, whether or not the proposal would be accepted, was still uncertain. It is pertinent to mention here that the news regarding the occupation of Gul Jees land saw light of the day when TheNation first published a news story about the highhandedness of a serving officer of a sensitive government department in Nathiagali. Habib Shah, the accused, had allegedly grabbed the said land by taking unfair advantage of a protection deed that Gul Jee had signed with Osama Associates, a firm of Habib Shahs son Osama. After the death of Gul Jee, Habib Shah had allegedly forged the legal documents and unlawfully became Gul Jees 'partner. When this scribe contacted Habib Shah to get his version in this regard, he denied all the allegations levelled against him. Habib Shah would be retiring from his job on June 15 (Monday) and the local police intend to apprehend him soon after his retirement as numerous FIRs regarding forgery and deception have been registered against him in the Cantt Police Station Abbottabad. In addition, arts and literary circles have demanded of the government to take concrete steps to foil any attempts to grab Gul Jees land in future. Even if his land is declared as national heritage, whats the guarantee that the unused land would not be grabbed by the people like Habib Shah again? asked a local artist, while demanding of the government to either preserve the property of the internationally renowned artist with the consent of his heirs or hand it over to his blood relations.