SIALKOT-The local police, the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Municipal Corporation joined hands to remove encroachments from the city.

They announced to launch a joint vigorous campaign from December 18, 2017 against the encroachments in Sialkot with high pledge to purge the Sialkot city of encroachments. An important meeting of the troika was held at the office of Sialkot DPO. District Police Officer (DPO) Asad Sarfraz Khan, SCCI President Zahid Latif Malik and Mayor Ch Tauheed Akhtar attended the meeting.

During the meeting, they announced to launch a vigorous anti-encroachment drive in Sialkot city from December 18, 2017 to purge the city of encroachments in active collaboration with the local traders. They said that no hindrance by anyone would be tolerated in the way to remove these encroachments.

The meeting was told that entire Sialkot city was in the grip of encroachments. They said the encroachers had illegally occupied almost all the bazaars of Sialkot city. They added that the uncontrolled encroachments were eclipsing the beauty of the Sialkot city creating hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic on the main inter-city roads.

The mayor added that early launch of anti-encroachment rive has become vital to remove the encroachments. He said that the Municipal Corporation would start the campaign against the encroachments from Dec 18 on top priority.

Almost all the congested commercial and residential areas of Sialkot city have been in the grip of encroachments. The people said that due to the uncontrolled encroachments in front of the local shops in almost all the bazaars, markets and business and trade centres, all the ways have become much narrow.

The people added that encroachments created hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic there, resultantly, hours-long traffic jams have become a routine matters. They stated that the situation has left big question marks on the poor performance of the Municipal Corporation and traffic police.

The encroachments have resurfaced in Sialkot city's almost all the congested, residential, commercial and industrial areas. According to social, religious, business and political circles of Sialkot, encroachments are still unchecked allegedly by the Sialkot district administration and Municipal Corporation.

The people said that most of the encroached areas were lying under the nose of district administration. They said that illegal parking of auto rickshaws on Sialkot main roads including congested Allama Iqbal Chowk, Chowk Shaheedaan, Bano Bazaar, Main Bazaar, Kashmiri Bazaar, Tehsil bazaar, Budhi Bazaar, Sarafa Bazaar, Lehaai Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, Railway Road, Mujahid Road, Kutchery Road, Khadim Ali Road, Hajipura Road, Kashmir Road, Defence Road, Pasrur Road and Paris Road was also the main cause of road jams.

Sialkot city's congested areas including Chowk Shaheedaan, Urdu Bazaar, Adda Shehbaz Khan, Mori Gate, Kashmiri Bazaar, Tehsil Bazaar, Bano Bazaar, Bazaar Khateekaan, Trunk Bazaar, Muslim Bazaar, Lehaai Bazaar, Hajipura, Naikapura, Gohdpur, Commissioner Road, Daska Road, Muzaffarpur, Pakka Garha and Fatehgarh were in grip of the encroachments.

The people expressed grave concern over the critical situation, and urged the government to ensure early removal of the encroachments.

When contacted, the mayor said that the issue of encroachments was being resolved in active cooperation with the local traders. He said that the Sialkot Municipal Corporation would soon launch the anti-encroachment campaign in active cooperation with the Siakot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Sialkot police and Markazi Anjuman Tajraan for the purpose.

Six booked on LHC orders

Police have registered a case against six Qadiyaanis for getting registered their names in the lists of Muslim voters during the December 2015 Local Bodies Elections.

They had showed themselves as Muslims instead of Qadiyaanis in their CNICs issued by Nadra. The police registered the case on the orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC) following a writ petition filed by Mazhar Hameed of village Bhaadeywala-Bambaanwala, Daska tehsil.

According to the FIR (No. 371/2017) lodged at Bambaanwala police station under sections 298-C and 419 PPC, Munawar Ahmed, Maqsud Anjum, Zaahir, Tahir Munawar, Furqan and Nasira Munawar, being the Qadiyaani, had got registered their names in the lists of Muslim voters during the December 2015 LB polls after getting CNICs as Muslims.

The FIR revealed that these Qadiyaanis were preaching for their religion under the cover of Islam due to which there were high fear of sectarianism in the area.

The petitioner Mazhar Hameed had moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) for getting registered a case against them. The police have started investigation with no arrest.