‘Cow dispute’ led to transfer of police chief
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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Azam Swati’s son has patched up with a poor family, which was beaten by his guards and booked by the Islamabad police, also resulting in the transfer of the Islamabad police chief.
The Supreme Court, however, suspended the transfer orders and asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Jan Muhammad to continue.
It will take up the matter on Wednesday and its decision on the reconciliation will be then known.
In fact, a cow became the centre of attention in the incident. The trespassing cow, which is locked up for last three days in Swati’s farmhouse is only a symptom of the ight between a well-connected encroacher and poor encroachers of the prime government land in the federal capital.
The land where the cow is detained is illegally encroached upon by the minister. Total encroachment by the minister amounts to several kanals although he admits to only 5 to 6 kanals. However, he wants the poor encroachers from the tribal areas to vacate the land in his neighbourhood that belongs to the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
The minister’s son, Usman, has lodged an FIR with the Capital Police that a cow owned by his neighbour Niaz Muhammad had trespassed into his fruit garden and destroyed trees on Friday.
The FIR says Niaz and his family members including his 12-year-old son Ziauddin tortured his employees when the matter was taken up with them. The Capital Police has arrested the person named in the FIR.
S wat icon fessed that he has encroached “5 to 6 kanals” of CDA land. He also admitted that illegally occupied land has also been fenced by him.
“Actually I have already asked CDA to allocate that 5 to 6 kanals of land adjacent to my farmhouse,” he said, adding that the land has already been fenced to “ensure security of the farmhouse.”
“I have fenced that land as the back gate of my farmhouse opens in that land. I own 46 kanals of land as part of Farm House.”
A CDA spokesman said the extra land fenced by the minister is encroachment on the CDA area as it was not approved by the CDA.
“The decision to allocate extra land for the farmhouse is taken by the CDA Board. Without the CDA approval no farm owner is allowed to fence and occupy CDA land.”