Supreme Court’s two-member bench, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, during the hearing of illegal construction in Karachi, has directed the city authorities to to demolish unlawful constructions.
During the hearing, the top court’s Karachi Registry ordered, “In Karachi, no house will be demolished to be used for commercial purposes.” “Wedding halls, shopping malls and plazas will not be constructed on residential plots.” The bench also sought details of wedding halls, shopping malls and plazas constructed in the city in the last 30 to 40. “Do whatever but implement court orders,” the bench directed. “If the orders are not implemented then we will ask DG Sindh Control Building Authority (SCBA) Iftikhar Qaimkhani to pack up.”
Censuring DG SCBA, Justice Ahmed questioned, “If you can’t work then why are you sitting on the post? Should we give this city to the federal or Sindh government?” “If they cannot run the city then the Sindh government can takeover,” Justice Ahmed remarked. “Does anyone feel ashamed after looking at the condition of this city?” the judge asked. “SCBA officials only care about making billions,” he added. The judge further remarked, “Eight-storey buildings have been constructed on government quarters. Everyone was involved in making money and the city was destroyed. Is this anybody’s father city that they may do as they please?”
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17 November, 2019