The Supreme Court (SC) orders while hearing a case on illegal constructions and encroachments in Karachi, to demolish illegal structures built on government properties, and directed the authorities to allot the freed-up land to federal government employees.
The court ordered the officials to demolish illegal buildings in Gizri, PNT Colony, Punjab Colony, and Delhi Colony areas of the port city. The instructions were given by a three-judge bench led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed and including judge Faisal Arab and judge Sajjad Ali Shah, at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry, heard a relative case to encroachments in the metropolis.
Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan, Sindh Advocate General Salman Talibuddin, Sindh Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah and officials from the Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) appeared before the court.
The court also ordered the chief secretary to get rid of all encroachments in the city and to apply for the resettlement of residents of the Katchi abadis and those affected. He also ordered officials to invite expert recommendations through the media.
The court also directed the authorities to build a park at Nehr-e-Khayyam, and banned commercial buildings near the site. The case was later adjourned till February 21.
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