On Sunday, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) cleared land in an anti-encroachment operation at the Khokhar Palace, the residence of senior vice president PML-N Lahore Saiful Malook Khokhar and MNA Malik Afzal Khokhar in Johar Town.
The area was cordoned off with a heavy police deployment and containers, and the media was also restricted from entering the area. The road from the Khokhar residence to Ayub Chowk had been sealed off, additionally, parts of two houses near the Khokhar residence were also demolished as the district administration moved to recover government land in Johar Town.
The district administration claims to have relinquished 38 kanals of government land so far from the Khokhar brothers. Local media quoted that the value of the vacated land is Rs1.25bn. The Khokhar brothers are accused of occupying the said land through forgery. They had been issued notices to evict the land by the district administration, which they repeatedly ignored. The reclaimed land has been transferred to the Punjab government.
The previous clearance operation had to be postponed due to protests by the Khokhar brothers’ supporters. The Additional Deputy Commission Revenue (ADCR) Lahore and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations supervised the operation.