RAWALPINDI – Land mafia has illegally occupied land property costing billion of rupees in respect of 18 state-run schools in Rawalpindi city due to negligence of district administration.

Despite clear directives from the chief minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif for recovery of the land from illegal possession of the land mafia, the district administration has not taken any action to comply with the orders.

Due to lack of any move from the concerned quarters the land mafia has divided the grabbed land into commercial plots and the grabbers are selling them with impunity at costly rates. The affected educational institutions stand confined to only a few rooms being deprived of vast tracts of land.

The land grabbers have taken into their illegal possession 16 kanal land of government Pehlvi school Faizabad, 26 kanal land of government high school No 1, 2 kanal land of government Denies high school, government Islamia high school No 2, government Islamia High School No 3, Government Christian School, Government Ziaul Uloom Raja Bazaar, Government Shimla High School Raja Bazaar, Government Muslim School Gulshan Abad, Government Muslim High School No 1, Government Muslim High School No 2, Government Boys High School Khiaban-e-Sirsyed sector-3, Government High School Khiaban sector-4, Government Jamia High School , Government Jamia Girls High School Dhok Kashmirian, Government Shimla High School Aria Mohalla, Government Madrissah Milla High School and Government Commerce College.

Occupation of massive land of government run schools by land grabbers has undermined educational activities in these institutions due to availability of less space for the children in the rooms.

The citizens have demanded of Punjab government to take measures on war footing for recovery of grabbed land from the clutches of land mafia.