ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Sports Board and Sindh government resolved 14-year old land dispute amicably on Tuesday in a high-level meeting held in Karachi, which was attended by Federal Secretary Ministry of IPC Ijaz Chaudry, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and Director General PSB Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera.

Talking to The Nation on Tuesday, DG PSB Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera said: “We have finally managed to settle dispute after almost 14 years. We purchased land from Defense Ministry against payment of Rs 3,782,000 to construct Karachi Sports Complex on an area of 17,125 sq yards.

“We immediately started work on Karachi Sports Complex, which included excavation of basement, construction of retaining walls, pilling work of the commercial section, construction of major portion of basement and some portion of ground floor of commercial section was already done. But we ran out of funds and the work was stopped. After some time, Sindh government claimed ownership of the land and the constructor also filed a case against the PSB for release of Rs 8 million. The case lingered on for years and finally, the court ordered the relevant parties to settle dispute out of court and it was decided Rs 4 million would be paid by Sindh government and remaining Rs 4 million by the PSB and Sindh government would instead allocate an alternative plot at Gulshan-e-Iqbal against the said plot,” he added.  Ganjera further said: “I visited the proposed venue and everything is agreed in principal. The Sindh government has promised to vacate the land within couple of days and we will start construction work soon.”

“It was further decided that training camps for Sindh teams will start at Karachi coaching center. It was also agreed that Sindh government would prepare teams for the proposed Prime Minister's talent hunt games to be held in Islamabad,” Ganjera concluded.