Sattar demands regularisation of Karachi buildings 'just like Bani Gala'

Published: January 26, 2019
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Former MQM leader demands Rs200 billion worth development package for the port city. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Former MQM leader demands Rs200 billion worth development package for the port city. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar has said that if Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Bani Gala property can be regularised then people of Karachi also deserved the same treatment.

Sattar’s comments came in the wake of the continuing anti-encroachment drive in the Sindh capital, where illegal properties built on amenity plots are being razed on Supreme Court orders.

Meanwhile, a federal commission has been formed to regularise the PM’s residence in the Islamabad suburb. The commission comprises 12 members with the chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) as its convener.

Following the directives issued by the top court, the prime minister had submitted an application to CDA to regularise his Bani Gala properties in November last year.

Commission formed to regularise PM’s Bani Gala residence

Addressing the media in Karachi on Saturday, the former MQM convener fired broadside at the Sindh government and city’s mayor Wasim Akhtar for razing “10,000 shops and 1,500 houses in the campaign thus far”, Express News reported.

He, however, welcomed Sindh Local Bodies Minister Saeed Ghani’s statement, in which he vowed to prefer tendering his resignation rather than implementing court orders in connection with demolishing people’s houses. “We expect similar statements from Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Wasim Akhtar,” he added.

Criticising the second mini-budget of the federal government, Sattar said a special development package for Karachi should have been announced in the budget.

“Karachi pays Rs1,500 billion to Rs2,000 billion in taxes and deserves an annual package of at least Rs200 billion … where is Karachi’s package which is its due right,” he asked.

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Sattar also demanded a fresh census in the urban areas of Sindh and invited the prime minister and Finance Minister Asad Umar to accompany him on a city-wide tour to Karachi.

Commenting on law and order situation of the city, the former MQM leader said the security situation had worsened in the past few months and federal and provincial ministers, despite being apprised of the circumstances, had decreased personal security of the politicians. He urged the government to provide sufficient security to all notables and political leaders in the city.

Sattar said no progress was made in murder investigation of MQM-P’s slain leader Ali Raza Abidi even on his chehlum (40th day after demise). Investigation agencies were not fulfilling their professional obligations in this regard, he added.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Gulzar Sm
    Jan 26, 2019 - 6:58PM

    Yes! Sattar’s demand to regularize buildings in Karachi like Bani Gala is justifiable. In almost 3/4 century the peoples of Pakistan were able to get their own shelters. They did not know if the residential land was unlawfully sold to them by Qabza Mafia. They spent their haq halal ki kamai in building their shelters. If government levies or taxes have not been paid, they occupants must be ask to pay taxes if they want retain their properties intact. 90% of the nation is not the rich class. Fear from Allah and don’t destroy their abodes. Judiciary should take nails of admitted sense! 26 Jan 2019Recommend

  • iftikhar Ali
    Jan 26, 2019 - 7:06PM

    Sattar trying to revive his politics but I think he is finished. The government should allocate formal shops to street vendors and and encroachments causing traffic havoc and degradation of quayof life shall be demolished. Recommend

  • Syed Arif Hussain zahidi
    Jan 26, 2019 - 7:42PM

    Why not ? Yes a very good idea.Recommend

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