SHC acquits two in terrorism case

Seeks details of collapsed buildings in city


Our Correspondent August 13, 2021

KARACHI:

The Sindh High Court acquitted on Thursday two men convicted of spreading terrorism, possessing illegal weapons and police encounter.

A two-member bench comprising Justice KK Agha and Justice Irshad Ali Shah heard the pleas of Salman and Shehbaz against their conviction.

Announcing the verdict, the court ordered that they be released if not implicated in another case. An anti-terrorism court had sentenced the two to 17 years of imprisonment each. They were arrested by Quaidabad Police after an alleged encounter in 2018 and had served three years in prison.

Faulty structures

Meanwhile, a two-member bench comprising Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Muhammad Faisal Kamal Alam sought details of all buildings in Karachi that have collapsed due to structural faults till date. The bench was hearing a citizen’s petition pertaining to the construction of buildings without the approval of a structural engineer.

The petitioner’s counsel argued that people were erecting buildings without due permission of the structural engineer in Clifton Cantonment Board and the DHA.

The petitioner stated: “due to the lack of expert opinion, numerous buildings have collapsed.”

At this, Justice Khan inquired how many buildings have collapsed so far. The petitioner’s counsel replied that the buildings, if not collapsed, developed cracks.

The court asked the petitioner to furbish a list of all buildings that have collapsed due to structural faults before the case could be fixed for hearing.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 13th, 2021.

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