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LARKANA: October 12, 2015. (Nazir Siyal) The report of china-cutting in government land of Qauid-e-Awam Agriculture Research Institute Naudero, Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro put pressure on authorities without seeking official permission to hand over about 10 acre land for village pathway. A government contractor on political ground reached on the spot with heavy machinery started the construction of about 1 and half kilometers road on Qauid e Awam Agriculture Research Institute Naudero at Larkana, without seeking departmental permission or consent told the authorities and civil society representatives. The village sources told that the pathway aimed to facilitate PPP voters, before October 31st, 2015, Local body’s election, which is complete violation of code of conduct framed by Election Commission of Pakistan. Sources further told that 5 days back one of the government contractor carrying heavy machinery and work order of highway department Larkana reached at Qauid e Awam Agriculture Research institute to execute development scheme of construction of road inside the land of institute to village Jian Bhutto. On the occasion, concerned officials asked them to show departmental permission from agriculture department before starting work on. The sources told the Senior Minister after refusal and halting of work, Mr. Khuhro infuriated and telephoned to Director Qaid e Awam Agriculture Research Institute Larkana and directed him to handover and permission to villagers to allow the contractor for work. The Director excused for such issues and said that he is not authority and high ups of his department will give the permission for land. Later, Senior Minister for Education and Information Nisar Khuhro told this scribe that Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had established Agriculture Research Institute for sugarcane after setting up Sugar Mill Naudero, so that the villagers nearby agriculture Institute had provided land, now institute authority should give path to villagers, which is in public interest. He refuted any impression that development scheme works are any part of forthcoming local government elections, adding that development works going on. Superintendent Engineer Provincial Highway Department Larkana Taj Muhammad Mahar also told that he is unaware about any Constitution work on such pathway from QARI, because several schemes are in progress, however he said that consent of department regarding the acquiring of land should have been taken before, added he will look into the matter. It is pertinent to be mentioned here that former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto during his government had established Qauid e Awam Research Institution for sugarcane on 1973 for the facilitation of growers and farming community of upper Sindh and 106 agriculture land was acquired by Revenue department for the research of sugarcane, while after the passage of 29 years the influential persons with collusion of Revenue officials made forgery in revenue record and claiming the ownership and attempted to occupy over 6 acre Agriculture Land survey No. 243/3B of Qauid e Awam Research Institute Naudero located at the distance of 5 KM from Larkana city.
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