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CDA Lifts Property Transfer Ban Following Islamabad High Court Directive

CDA Lifts Property Transfer Ban

In response to a directive issued by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has announced the revocation of the property transfer prohibition that had been in effect since January 2024. The ban, initially imposed by the Deputy Director General Land, has been officially lifted, as confirmed in a letter from Riaz Khan, Additional Director Land Affectees.

CDA Lifts Property Transfer Ban

CDA Lifts Property Transfer Ban

The prohibition on property transfers originated from concerns surrounding land affectees and their right to property allocation. Initially targeted at preventing the transfer of properties allotted to land affectees during the tenure of Afnan Alam Khan, the former Member Estate, the restriction soon extended to various other situations, causing confusion and inconvenience for hundreds of customers.

While plots were either dispersed through public auctions or allotted to impacted persons, subsequent transfers faced obstacles due to the prohibition. The Real Estate Agents Association raised strong objections against the restriction, expressing their concerns to the civic authority.

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Despite meetings with CDA officials, including the then-Member Estate, Captain (Retired) Anwar-ul-Haq, and the Chairman CDA, the association’s complaints remained unaddressed. Eventually, individuals affected by the ban sought legal recourse, leading to the Islamabad High Court’s directive to the municipal government to facilitate property transfers immediately for those with legitimate claims.

However, realtors remain skeptical of the CDA’s intentions, questioning the timing and manner of the ban’s revocation. Some insiders speculate that the decision to lift the ban, initiated by a subordinate officer, may indicate reluctance on the part of higher authorities to fully comply with court directives.

The lifting of the ban comes amidst ongoing scrutiny of past land allotments and allocations within the CDA, with former officials, including Afnan Alam Khan, under investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for alleged irregularities in sector E-11. The FIA has demanded comprehensive records from the CDA, indicating a broader examination of land-related practices during Khan’s tenure.

As stakeholders await further developments, the lifting of the property transfer ban represents a step towards resolving longstanding issues surrounding land allocation and property rights in Islamabad.