International Islamic University compensates villagers
ISLAMABAD: Over 412 residents of the
Lunda Mastal village, who have lost their land because of an International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) expansion project were given compensation
cheques on Thursday at the IIUI H-10 campus.
The cheques were
distributed during a ceremony attended by IIUI President Dr Anwar H Siddiqui,
CDA Member (Estate) Brig (r) Asad Muneer Durrani, CDA Member (Administration)
Shaukat Ali Mohmand, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner (DC) Syed Sajjad Hussain
Bukhari and others.
CDA officials assured villagers that the CDA would
also give them plots on alternative land within a month. The villagers in turn
agreed to vacate their properties within the new IIUI premises.
H Siddiqui thanked villagers for agreeing to vacate the area. He said the land
had been acquired for construction of faculty blocks and hostels and would not
be used for private purposes. "The residents of Lunda Mastal are contributing to
a great cause," he said.
The compensations were made on the orders of
the Supreme Court in accordance with market value of the property. Dr Siddiqui
said President Pervez Musharraf had approved a Rs 100 million grant for the
university with which the compensations had been made.
He also thanked
CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari and other officials for expediting the land
CDA Member (Estate) Asad Muneer Durrani said
Pakistan was proud of the university as it hosted students from over 57
countries, adding that the CDA would continue assisting it.
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