ISLAMABAD - The fate of affectees of Janjua Town who reportedly fell victim of Military Estate Office (MEO) almost a decade ago is hanging in balance, as they have demanded compensation and fair enquiry into the whole affair. Irony of fate brought miseries for affectees in 1998 when MEO demolished their dwellings close to the limits of Rawalpindi Cantonment, deepening their troubles day by day as the country is under the clutches of terrorism. They appealed to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as well as Chief Justice of Pakistan to order a fair and impartial inquiry into military operation against retired and serving army officials. The massive operation was carried out by MEO during the era of former Army Chief Pervez Musharraf in 1998, who reportedly turned down various applications seeking justice moved by innocent people of the said town. Amid tears and woes of children and their mothers, the MEO bulldozed the dwellings despite the fact that the authority letters of the said land were in the hands of residents. It may also be mentioned here that Rawalpindi District Courts judgment was in favour of these poor people who have been homeless since December 16, 1998. They have been fighting for justice for 11 years, yet nobody has come to their rescue. Additionally, property worth millions of rupees was bulldozed and hundreds of families were left on the mercy of God. Meanwhile, record available with TheNation revealed that the matter was put before the courts by the affectees decades ago. The court ordered in favour of affectees, however, the military officials started an operation against them and the issue was widely published in print and electronic media as well. The representative of the affectees, Maj (Retd) Muhammad Mukhtar, provided documents to this scribe saying that some cases were still pending in the courts due to some influential people serving in the Pakistan Army right now. The area of Janjua Town falls outside the limits of the Rawalpindi Cantonment, but the MEO issued a No Objection Certificate to late Nazir Ahmed, in whose name the 224 kanals and 14 marlas of land was allotted by the Deputy Settlement Commissioner, Rawalpindi against his claim decades ago, he recalled. He said the owner of plots was late Nazir Ahmed, who launched the Janjua Town Housing Scheme in 1972. The MEO never bothered to take notice of the development work going on in Janjua Town till 1981, when Secretary Ministry of Defence issued a letter into the matter, he told TheNation. Despite that letter, it took the MEO four years to react and it filed a case in the civil court in 1985. The learned court gave decision in favour of the residents and allotees of Janjua Town, he said. When this correspondent contacted the officials of MEO they said the land was allotted to the Defence Ministry in 1893. Estate Commissioner did not allot the land to one Nazir Ahmed, he said. However, he leased the land in 1972, they explained. The matter is still in the court, they said and added that the land was given to refugee Mirza Habib Rehman in 1992. Meanwhile the officials claim that the Army purchased land in 1840 consisting of 1,000 Kanals situated in Moza Dhaman, Moza Jarami and Morgah. All land is ownership of Pakistan Army, which leases the land. All encroachers sold out the land on throw away prices to citizens and Revenue Employees Housing Society. Similarly, they deceived the poor people, they explained. Deputy Director General Military Land Cantonment Abdul Hayee Qammar told TheNation that it is the law of the military that it never sells land to anyone but only leases it. However, the land may be gifted to some retired army men, he said, when asked whether the land was in occupation of retired military employees. To know about the details of the whole matter, when this correspondent contacted Director General Major General Athar, he was not available for comments. However, his PSO, Captain Syed Azmat, said the matter was old so they did not know the details as he along with his boss were posted three months back.