Land-grabbers flee from Thatta’s heritage site

Land-grabbers flee from Thatta’s heritage site - Sindh Courier-12-Dome historic Gujarati School Building land was occupied by Pashtuns who were said to be backed by the influential people of the area

Divisional and District administration had ordered action against land grabbers

By Kamran Khamiso Khowaja

Thatta: A group of Pashtuns, who had grabbed the land of Historic 2- Domed Gujarati School in Thatta fled vacating the area after they learnt that the divisional and district administration was about to take action against them on Wednesday.

The group of Pashtuns had occupied the heritage were said to be backed by the influential people of the area.

According to reports a meeting of land grabbers was held at the site where they decided to occupy the land of the historical site. Later they were joined by dozens of laborers along with tractors who landed at the site and started leveling the land with the motive of usurping it.

The site had been declared National Heritage by the culture department, government of Sindh and its land occupied illegally was state-owned land.

Land-grabbers flee from Thatta’s heritage site - Sindh Courier-2Soon as this news went viral on social media the Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad and Deputy Commissioner Thatta took notice and directed their subordinates to take action and police force was rushed to the site.

According to reports, Deputy Commissioner had personally visited the site however the land grabbers had fled by that time.

The Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Abbas Baloch had instructed the Deputy Commissioner to submit a detailed report and handover the site to concerned department.

Meanwhile, the Culture Department press release in Karachi stated Minister of Culture Sardar Shah had taken serious note of occupying the heritage site and on his directives the Secretary of Culture Department Akbar Laghari contacted the DC Thatta and got the land vacated.

The Culture Department claimed that it had carried out rehabilitation work of 2-dome historic building in 2017.


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