KARACHI: An anti-encroachment operation, headed by Land and Anti-Encroachment senior director Bashir Siddiqui, was carried out at the Empress Market on Tuesday.
In the operation, conducted with the assistance of police, pushcarts, stalls, and other encroachments were removed from the site.
"We will not allow encroachments on the premise of the Empress Market because it is a historical site that has been restored to its original form," said Siddiqui on the occasion.
He added that the renovation work at the market was under progress while a park was also being built along its periphery.
Siddiqui said that the operation was conducted on the directives of Karachi mayor, who had instructed to remove encroachments from other areas of Saddar as well.
He said that the anti-encroachment squad had appealed to encroachers to remove stalls and other structures on their own, warning that otherwise they would be responsible for their loss.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2020.