SC orders removal of all encroachments in Karachi

Apex court expresses frustration over non-compliance with earlier order

Our Correspondent October 25, 2021
Supreme Court Karachi Registry. PHOTO: FILE


The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the removal of all encroachments and buildings constructed using fake lease documents in Karachi.

The order was issued by a three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed with Justice Ijazul Hassan and Justice Qazi Ameen.

The bench was hearing the case at the apex court's Karachi Registry in reference to the removal of encroachments from Gujjar, Orangi and Mehmoodabad nullahs in the city.

The court also ordered that all houses and commercial structures made on fake leases must be demolished in the port city. Expressing its frustration at the non-compliance with its earlier order to demolish Nasla Tower, the court said no concession would be given. 

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The apex court had ordered the demolition of Nasla Tower in June and upheld the decision in a review petition filed in September.

"Demolish the towers and commissioner Karachi should start work of removing the debris," the court remarked.

Earlier, the residents of Nasla Tower, allegedly built on an encroached portion of a service lane, were issued notice by the assistant commissioner of the East district to evacuate the building in compliance with the SC orders.

The district administration has directed Ferozabad Police Station SHO to get the building vacated by use of police force if the residents do not move out within stipulated time.

The notice issued by the district East administration warned residents of Nasla Tower to vacate the building by October 27.


Alam | 1 month ago | Reply

Well... It is quite common for courts to be overly rigid and lack common sense. Not that you don t see those mistakes in countries like the US also. It s not hard to understand that man made laws lack nuance and thus usually aren t thought out well enough to be implemented carelessly. In the end the real question is whether a judgment benefits the people of a community... That s all that the law is really for.

Khalid Fareed | 1 month ago | Reply

The corrupt officer of SBCA should be Arrested dismissed be put behind the bars who gave this approval Owner of Construction Company should also face same Punishment who gave bribe to the officer

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