Lahore (Staff Report): The anti-encroachment operation in Lahore was suspended on Saturday for an indefinite period.

The anti-encroachment drive was halted following the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on October 5.

According to Deputy Commissioner Lahore Anwar-ul-Haq, “Operation will be re-launched keeping the current situation in view and will be conducted in an unbiased manner.”

 “Property worth Rs6.5 billion has been retrieved during the drive”, he added.

On October 2, the city district government launched a drive across the Lahore to retrieve land from illegal occupants and land mafia.

The drive was launched after the Supreme Court (SC) ordered the interior ministry to place alleged land grabber Mansha Bomb and his sons on the Exit Control List.

During the first two days of the operation, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) demolished the furniture market gabbed by Mansha Bomb and retrieved over 25 showrooms and 20 commercial plots in the market located at the PIA road.

The authority had stated that it was expecting to retrieve 31,687 kanals of state land, 280 acres land of the forest department, eight plots in the Walled City, 636 kanal land of LDA, and 32 plots worth Rs2 billion of the Metropolitan Corporation Lahore (MCL).

Earlier, the LDA had issued notices to illegal occupants in LDA, MCL and Walled City.