Senior civil judge recalls stay order allowing construction on football ground by lawyers

Stay order initially issued by senior civil judge Mohammad Shabbir

Arsalan Altaf February 12, 2018
The shenanigans of the land mafia and the indifference of the authorities have left the revered football ground of Manghopir in a highly worn-down condition leaving the residents lamenting the development. PHOTO: ABDUL GHANI

A senior civil judge has withdrawn a stay order granted to lawyers from the Islamabad Bar Association to build their chambers in the F-8 football ground in Islamabad, which fall under 'encroachment' according to the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

Senior Civil Judge, Islamabad West, Muhammad Aamir Aziz Khan, vacated the stay order granted by Senior Civil Judge II Mohammad Shabbir.

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"The counsel further stated that the matter of encroachment on government lands is under the consideration of the Hon'able Supreme Court," the order issued on Saturday said.

"Since the stay order dated 31.11.2017 was passed till a specific date 20.1.2018 and due to its prima facie illegality it cannot be extended, hence, the request of the counsel for plaintiff for extension on injunctive order is denied," it said.

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The matter landed in courts after criticism of lawyers encroaching on a football ground adjacent to the city courts in Sector F-8 to build chambers.

The critics said the CDA, which had mustered the courage to take stern action against encroachment by a mega shopping mall, appeared to be powerless in dislodging encroachment by lawyers.

The civic agency issued eviction notices but the lawyers obtained the stay order.