LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the heinous trade of grabbing government land and properties of the people purchased through hard earned money will not be tolerated and people of the province will be rid of this menace at every cost. He said this while presiding over a high level meeting held in connection with reviewing ongoing action against qabza groups at CMs Secretariat here on Friday. MPA Malik Muhammad Waris Kaloo, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Secretary Local Government and Revenue, Director Generals Development Authorities and concerned senior officers attended the meeting. The CM said the qabza group had become a scourge and fully active for the last many years, and was engaged in capturing precious properties of the people. If we did not deal qabza groups with iron hand, this menace will continue to spread. It is the responsibility of commissioners, revenue officers and police to ensure effective action against qabza groups so that in future no one dare to grab the land of people. Now I want results and if any officer showed any negligence in taking action against qabza groups, he will not be spared, he warned, while adding that the overseas Pakistanis purchase property in the country through their hard earned money but it was lamentable that when they come back their properties have been grabbed. He told the meeting that during his visits to abroad, most of the Pakistanis complain of this matter. People are afraid of this heinous business of qabza mafia that if they purchased any properties, illegal occupants will grab it, and the Revenue Department is also involved in it. There are a total number of 3445 housing schemes out of which only 1381 are approved and qabza mafia is also fully active in these housing schemes and is occupying precious plots of the people. Similarly, a crime regarding sale of property mortgage in the bank, is also being committed, said Shahbaz Sharif, while pointing out that tehsildars, gardawars and patwaris, instead of providing facilities to the people, were making excesses with them and no effective system of accountability was in place. Now this heinous business will not further be tolerated and time has come that people should be rid of this menace. Commissioners and all concerned officers will have to play their due role for this purpose and we will have to evolve an effective course of action for providing right and justice to the people, he added. The CM said that qabza mafia deserved no leniency and action should be taken against the people involved in this business without any discrimination. Poverty and unemployment can be reduced by retrieving land from illegal occupants and giving it to landless people for increasing agricultural production, he said. He also gave approval to the recommendations of the committee headed by Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa set up for action against qabza mafia. He directed all Commissioners and director generals of all development authorities of the province to immediately evolve a comprehensive strategy for taking solid steps against qabza mafia. The Chief Secretary and Senior Member Board of Revenue also informed the meeting about the action against qabza mafia. Earlier, Additional Secretary Naseem Sadiq gave a detailed briefing with regard to action against qabza groups. He informed that qabza groups were occupying lakhs of acres of public and private land worth billions of rupees and particulars had been obtained in this regard.