ACE starts probe into Punjab Forest Department’s ‘missing’ land
RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) has started investigating Punjab Forest Department’s ‘missing’ land in Islamabad, which is included in the district land revenue record but not in the Forest Department’s record for the last 18 years.
During investigations into a case pertaining to a private housing society along Mouza Maloot, ACE found the old record of the Punjab Forest Department. The old record contains details of land which is not included in the current record when the department has not sold or leased the land in question.
A senior ACE official told Dawn that the department has sought the land record from Islamabad and Rawalpindi and found that the Punjab Forest Department owns land measuring 133 acres in Islamabad. No mention of the 133 acres in forest department’s records the last 18 years even though it was not sold or leased
“The revenue record clearly shows that the forest department owned the land since before Islamabad was established and was in its possession till 2000. However, some portions of the land were included in Bahria Enclave in recent years,” he said.