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Islamabad: CDA ban on land transaction in 3 sectors revoked

The Islamabad High Court here Tuesday removed a ban imposed by Capital Development Authority on the sale and transfer of land in three Islamabad sectors of D-13, F-13 and E-13.

Justice Mohammad Munir Paracha passed the order after hearing a writ petition submitted by Bashir Ahmed. Mujib ur Rehman, counsel for the petitioner, apprised the court that CDA had issued a notification to the residents of three sectors in which all kinds of land transaction was completely banned.

They were informed that CDA would acquire their lands for construction of General Headquarters (GHQ) and nobody would be allowed to transfer or sell out his or her piece of land, he added.

He contended that CDA’s step contravened possession of land right enshrined in the constitution.

The counsel prayed that residents of these areas were badly affected by the ban, as they could neither sell their lands nor transfer the same to anyone.

Barrister Masroor Shah, representing CDA, defended the step by stating that under the Land Acquisition Act 4, the government could acquire land and issue such notification.
Source: The News, 30/4/2008

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