Plea challenging change in the status of public parks filed in SHC

Court moved to annul the amendment in KDA laws, under which parks' status is changed


​ Our Correspondent January 09, 2020
Families at a picnic in a park. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: A petition challenging the change in the status of amenity plots, under an amendment in laws pertaining to the Karachi Development Authority (KDA), was filed in the Sindh High Court on Wednesday.

In the plea, petitioner Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi maintains that the status of parks located near Surjani Town and the one housing Mazar-e-Quaid was changed after they were made a part of mass transit projects by the Sindh government. The plea contends that the status of amenity plots cannot be changed on the basis of orders issued by high courts.

Naqvi has termed changing the status of public parks "an open violation of law" in the plea, and has moved the court to annul the amendment in KDA laws.

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Challenging appointments

Naqvi filed another plea, seeking the annulment of the appointments of special assistants and advisers to Sindh Chief Minister (CM).

In the plea, Naqvi contends that special assistants and advisers to the CM are availing privileges that are only provided to the elected members of the assembly and ministers. The plea moves the court to annul the appointments on this ground and issue orders for the parties to return government vehicles and other special privileges that they are not entitled to.

Adviser to Sindh CM on Law, Environment and Coastal Development Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Adviser to CM on Prisons Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Adviser to CM on Works and Services Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and others have been nominated as parties in the plea.

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