Malakand orders strict action against riverside encroachment and illegal development.
According to a story in the leading newspaper on June 27, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan has told the right people to take strict action against illegal construction and encroachment along the riverbanks of tourist spots in the Malakand division.
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CM Khan led a meeting to talk about illegal building on riverbanks in the province. The purpose of the meeting was to find out what was going on. During the meeting, he asked the officials involved to come up with a strategy and a plan for how to put it into action to stop illegal building in the future. He also told the officials to do what they needed to do to get rid of all kinds of encroachments on the riverbanks in the Kalam, Swat area and give him a report. The minister said that doing things that are against the law will not be allowed and that everyone involved should be punished.
At the meeting, the Malakand Commissioner was put in charge of the operational committee, which was made to find encroachments and get rid of them to protect the rivers. The CM also said that illegal construction hurts the natural beauty of rivers and causes damage to property and loss of life when it rains. When he talked about people throwing trash into rivers, he asked the local government to stop this and put the River Protection Act into place.
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