Islamabad-National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education on Wednesday gave a 45-day deadline to Capital Development Authority for demarcating the land of Quaid-i-Azam University and initiating the process of getting possession of the actual allocated land. 

The meeting of the NA body was held under chairmanship of Col (R) Amirullah Marwat to discuss the encroachments on the land of the QAU and issuance of fake degrees by Indus Institute, Dera Ghazi Khan, owned by sitting Federal Minister for Communications Hafiz Abdul Karim.

The university administration in its briefing said that the QAU was facing a deficit of more than 450 acres of land out of total allotted 1709 acres, while the Islamabad district administration and CDA had not cooperated with the QAU administration for demarcation of the land and eviction of illegal settlements.

The university administration accused Jarar Hussain Bukhari, son of former chairman Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, for illegally constructing a house on 7 acres of land of the varsity. The admin informed the committee that despite assessment of Survey of Pakistan, the ICT administration and the CDA had not taken any steps for implementing the decision of vacating the encroached university land.

The university administration stated that the joint working group comprising officials of the QUA and the CDA also did not deliver results while the CDA was approached nearly seven times for solving the issue.

However, no officials were sent on for confirmation of the allocated land to the university in 1967 as per the map given by CDA to the university then.

Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Ashraf said that all relevant forums including president and  prime minister were requested for clearing the university land but nothing else than sympathies were expressed with the university administration. “The university administration cannot move ahead without civil administration departments’ help but they do not support us in full capacity,” said Dr Javed Ashraf.

Federal Minister for Education Baligh-ur-Rehman told the NA body that the QAU was facing 3 types of issues. He said that there was a difference of 152 acres of land in the map given to the varsity in 1967 and the actual area measurements.

The minister said that along with 152 acres shortfall in original land, the illegal settlements and fresh encroachments had created further problems for the varsity. “Responsibility of fresh encroachments also falls on the university administration as it didn’t lodge complaint on the issue and didn’t play proactive role,” the minister said.

Member Planning CDA told the committee that the authority though worked with the university for demarcation of the land but was not present in the survey conducted by Survey of Pakistan.

He said that the QAU started building boundary wall after 45 years which was negligence on the part of its administration.

Chairman CDA Usman Bajwa, however, avoided giving deadline for resolving the land demarcation issue. He said that on-ground demarcation with the document was a lengthy process. “However, the CDA will work with the QAU to settle the issue,” he assured.

Deputy Commissioner Mushtaq Ahmed said that the ICT had no part to play in demarcation of the land, however, could help the university and the CDA in acquiring possession of the land after the demarcation.

Dr Amirullah Marwat directed the CDA to finalise demarcation of the university land in 45 days and initiate eviction of illegal settlements and encroachments after that.

The chairman also directed the HEC chairman to complete verification of degrees of Indus Institute, Dera Ghazi Khan in one month.