ISLAMABAD - The illegal occupation on precious state land in different parts of the country is on phenomenal rise and the federal capital is no exception, as the illegal occupants here are getting active support of a trade union leader and the corrupt officials of Capital Development Authority (CDA), says an intelligence report.

The land mafia is fully active in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) limits and the perpetrators have taken religious cover by establishing churches and school on the occupied land, making it difficult for the authorities to retrieve the public land worth billions of rupees. The report believed that the perpetrators would declare any action against their illegal activity as a violation of minority’s rights. The lacklustre performance of the CDA has irked the high-ups of the intelligence agency who have suggested the interior ministry to come down hard on the land grabbers.

According to the report sent by an intelligence agency to the interior ministry, a copy of which is exclusively available with this scribe, Akram Masih Gill Colony at H-9 sector of Islamabad was temporarily established in 2009 with about 300 families in 700 tents to accommodate Christian affectees of Rawal Dam. However, now it has swelled to a full-fledged Katchi Abadi (slum) with about 3,000 residents living in around 700-800 concrete block houses spreading over more than 200 kanals of land.

It said they have also established two churches with a school inside one of it and 10-12 cattle pens. The cattle pen business is being run in collusion with some corrupt CDA officials with active support of a CDA Union leader Ch Yaseen. Reportedly, two of these pens are owned by the CDA employees, namely Asif and Asim, the report alleged.

The report further said: “One Hashir Adnan (primarily pursuing Rimsha Masih case in court) is involved in illegal occupation/sale/purchase of the said CDA land by settling some Christian families over there against a payment of Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 per family. He has also been involved in collecting donations from Christians for establishment of a church in the same area. Besides, a lady Shagufta Shera (catholic) has also been running a school in the said area with 100-120 students for the last eight months. She is also being helped by an Afghan national Abdul Salam, currently residing at F-6/1, where she works along with his brothers. The said Afghan national has been helping Shagufta Shera by providing her books for the school. He is also fond of establishing personal rapport with European NGOs for personal reasons as well as construction of school in the area.”

The report diagnosed that the phenomenal expansion of a temporary settlement into a large-scale permanent Katchi Abadi in a short span of six years is primarily the outcome of collusion of the elders of this Katchi Abadi with the concerned officials of the CDA. It said with the establishment of churches and Christian school, the perpetrators of this illegal activity are taking a religious cover to declare any action against their illegal activity as a violation of minority’s rights, making it difficult to remove the said settlement.

The intelligence agency suggested that the original Rawal Dam affectees may be enlisted after transparent scrutiny for relocating them to some alternate place while the rest may be evicted through negotiations or necessary enforcement measures.

Moreover, it suggested, action may also be initiated against the concerned officers/officials of CDA for collusion/negligence to stop illegal settlement in the area for the last six years.