Law enforcement agencies above all law?

The Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Police Station next to the Expo Center doesn’t just serve as an example of how might becomes right but also how issues in Pakistan never come to be resolved even among two government departments.
The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan(formerly the Export Promotion Bureau) claims that the 5 acre land is illegally occupied by the police station and wants it back.

“This 57 acres of land in the close vicinity of now one of the busiest squares — Hasan Square and Civic Centre — was given to the Export Promotion Bureau in early sixties to organise international exhibitions. It is the same place where three international exhibitions were organised in 1961, 1962 and 1963. In 1963 exhibition, a mad policeman went berserk and fired indiscriminately in the exhibition and killed many persons.

No exhibitions were held at this place for several years till 1984 when the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry organised an industrial fair. It proved to be a big scandal in which the FPCCI dismissed a number of its employees but no businessman was punished.

This scam resulted in non payment of the bill given by Karachi Development Authority (KDA) to recover its amount; invested in developing logistics of the exhibition.

Then it was Martial Law Administrator — General Jehandad Khan, who issued a verbal order to cancel the allotment order of the land in the name of EPB. The EPB had nothing to do with the dispute between the FPCCI and the KDA. The area sub divisional magistrate issued a three line order and the allotment was cancelled.

During 1984 the police entered and grabbed 57 acres of land. It robbed the exhibition stalls of the costly fixtures and fittings. In the following years a Jilani housing society was formed and policeman were given residential plots at this place.

No investigations were ever held as to how a housing scheme was set up on a land that was given to Export Promotion Bureau and it was never in the name of Sindh police.

The political government restored after the death of Zia ul Haq in 1988, revived the issue of ownership of 57 acres of land to the Export Promotion Bureau. In 1989, Faisal Saleh Hayat decided to offer 10 per cent of 57 acres of land to the Sindh police to get it vacated.

It did not work and in 1993 the Nawaz Sharif government gave Rs15 million to police for getting the plot vacated. The payment of ransom money also failed to restore the ownership of this place to the Export Promotion Bureau.

Finally it was sometimes in 1997 and 1998 that Export Promotion Bureau managed to get 50 acres of land on which it constructed an exhibition complex. Since then several exhibitions have been organised. But the Bureau maintained its claim of getting more than five acres of land.”

Source: Dawn

7 Comments so far

  1. anon_again (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

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  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:08 am

    Might is right, SINDH police is upto extortion before they leave the place.

    EPB is now Trade Development Authority an autonmous organization and generating funds / revenue on their own.

    Keep fingers crossed, the issue is hot as TDA want to construct a ramp for exit and entry To & from EXPO center via that piece of land, for swift traffic movement. SUI Southeren also wish share with TDA ramp exit and entry portion to have direct access to & from their HQ – to avoid morning / evening chaos on the entry & exit of bridge which is across their building’ exit & entry points. Using their own financial resources.

    (imagine a Y on sir shah suleman road when coming from stadium – one entering into SUI Southeren HQ & other into EXPO) under the Y roads head for Hasan Square and towards the bridge)

    TDA is making money and police want their share out of it plus the new place The round about of 3 acres behind stadium and at enterance of KDA Society to be ‘established & furnished by TDA’ before they move out the place.

    Negotiations are ON, as the Karachi TDA guy was ONCE close “aide” of Jam., And currently SINDH Police is under ruling party of Karachi who was hand in glove with late Jam.

    May be they end up paying to HQ of the party and get place vacated, but TDA is under federal control and very highly unlikely Non-fucntional Doctor The Governer Sindh would take some interest and speak to HIS Party AIDE The Sindh Interior Minister and Advisor to CM on Internal affairs and get things done swiftly.

    MOD is also watching the game closely., since after the closure of IDEX 2006.

    Let us hope for the best for the best interest of people who suffer most.

  3. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    Correction – Thats IDEAS 2006 not IDEX 2006

  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 3:36 am

    Law enforcement agencies are definitely above all law… in a country where IG’s guard grabs the sitting chief justice by his hairs and shoves him into the car… anything can happen…

  5. sha (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 3:43 am

    law in pakistan ..r u kidding dude..rule,justice,law,insaf dnt exist in land of pure
    A country where head of Government is illegally ruled by bloody dictator for last seven years u r talking abt innocent we pakis are!!

  6. MB (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    Its okay Sid, i guess police are above law. And the law is well under them, strangulated like a whore. They are just following their masters.

    Besides, on other side there is no money being pumped into police. All they are pumping is rotten arms & ill educated criminals. And to top it all the DSP – IG are living a musth life. Their own bosses are not willing to help their depart. What else the lower officers would do. Follow the seniors.

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 4th, 2007 @ 11:46 am

    MB touched the pulse.

    It is quiet naked truth about funding benefit to simple constable level.

    Funding which is “gullped down” by the TOP sharing it with upto DSP – That is ALL.

    Then DSP want MORE from the PS in his area as he know how much each PS in his jurisdiction worth.

    Each Police station is supposed to be “SELF SUFFICIENT” in terms of expenses. How they manage it everyone at the Interior Ministry know but does not wish to address or acknowledge that.

    for the information of people who are not aware of what is budgeting of police. Let me phrase a realistic figure which any of you can verify from any police station.

    This is mentioned in the police manual of late 70s’ – Professional Journalists contributing to this blog can pull some strings and get the correct figures.

    In order to lodge an FIR for a theft in area police station – the estimated expense for stationary (only) in 70s’ vary from Rs. 25 ~ 30.(these days it is 200 ~ 375) , depending upon the circumstantial evidences and statments of the Affectees’.

    Then comes the 1st visit of I/O (investigation officer) to the crime scene (in 70s’ Rs. 2 per mile round trip in a taxi if official vehicle is not available) these days it Rs. 10 per km round trip, and the each follow up trip to the place.

    This is to be paid by the police department, which does happen in reality. But funds are released religiously on submission of statment by the Police station to the DSP office and fundes never reach back to the PS. The Central accounts section at CCPO office disburse the CASH to the DSP Tout and money disappear.

    – I can write & write & write about plight of police as I know the roots of cancer with their system. I know Core Reason WHY police is corrupt., and people are scared of them and avoid asking their HELP –

    Police Chief & his family at metropolis of Karachi does not need 3 Airconditioned 4 x 4 at their disposal They have smart desk jobs they do not perform the field work & investigations –

    The SHO and his field staff need 4x4s in remote places of Gadap, Dunbah Goth, Liyari, Jhado and Pad Eeden where only Animal pulled carts travel and Police station have only 1 / 2 suzuki pickups which also need 2 litre fuel to complete one round of 11 Km area of PATROL in sand & dunes.

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