KARACHI: Surjani Town police on Wednesday registered a case against the brother of Muttahida Qaumi Move­ment’s Khwaja Izharul Hasan over charges of land-grabbing on the complaint of an official of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA).

Surjani Town SHO Nasrullah Khan told Dawn that police have registered FIR (509/2018) under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 447 (punishment for criminal trespass) and 34 (common intention) of Pakistan Penal Code against Khwaja Absarul Hasan and Habib Ansari on the complaint of assistant director encroachment of KDA, Khurram Shahbaz.

The complainant in his statement before the police said that after receiving information about illegal construction on official land, he along with his team reached Sector 7-D of Surjani Town near the terminus of Khan Coach. The complainant stated that after examination of the construction there, the alleged land-grabbers showed documents to the KDA team claiming the launch of a housing scheme there.

It transpired that there was no such housing scheme in the KDA’s record and the documents submitted by them proved to be “fake”.

The complainant said that when their team told the suspects that they had “illegally occupied” official land, they allegedly threatened the KDA team with dire consequences and a scuffle broke out.

The area SHO said that so far, no one has been arrested.

Published in Dawn, August 30th, 2018