Lahore administration carried out operation against illegal Khokhar Palace in Johar Town worth Rs 1.5 billion

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Lahore administration carried out operation against illegal Khokhar Palace in Johar Town worth Rs 1.5 billion

LAHORE – The district administration on Sunday carried out an operation against illegally constructed Khokhar Palace in Johar Town area of Lahore.

In Johar Town, a heavy contingent of police was present along with the operation administration against the illegally constructed Khokhar Palace. The entire area was cordoned off. The additional deputy commissioner revenue (ADCR) Lahore and SSP Operations monitored the anti-encroachment operation.

During the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) operation, the back door and wall of Khokhar Palace and the house of Tahir Javed - nephew of Saiful Malook Khokhar - were demolished. 13 shops and several temporary huts have been demolished by the use of heavy machinery.

It was also reported that the government retrieved 38 kanals of state land allegedly illegally occupied by PML-N’s Khokhar brothers. It added that the value of the retrieved land is estimated at around Rs1.5 billion.

It is pertinent to mention here that the district administration stated that the Khokhar brothers had fraudulently encroached upon the land and were served notices prior to the operation. They also claimed that out of 177 kanals, only 131 kanals are owned by Saiful Malook Khokhar and remaining land is illegally occupied.

Earlier in December last year, Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has postponed operation against illegal wall of Khokhar Palace after facing resistance to avoid untoward incident.

The LDA has registered a case against Khokhar brothers for intervening in the demolition of the Khokhar Palace. According to the FIR registered at Nawab Town police station, Khokhar Palace was constructed after illegally occupying the lands of people.