The Sindh High Court (SHC) has ordered a petitioner to file an amended plea against massive encroachment on the Malir River.
A two-member bench headed by Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi heard the petition. On the plight of the flood victims and the government's measures in this regard, the court remarked: "If people encroach river and block the flow of water, there will be a flood. If the government ends such encroachment the water will flow naturally."
Justice Rizvi remarked that the government should immediately enact legislation on the issue. "Follow the law of nature, rain will not bother you," the court remarked. Petitioner Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi contended that both sides of Malir River were encroached at massive scale. Member of National Assembly is involved in this illegal activity. The encroachment of the Malir River should be removed immediately.
Meanwhile, the SHC suspended the execution of a convict in the murder case of the general secretary of SBCA Functional Labour Union and ordered the subordinate court for retrial.
According to the police, Syed Talha Ashraf was killed on July 7, 2019 near the SBCA canteen. Arif Mota took a pistol from Ibrahim Kaka and opened fire on Ashraf.
A two-member bench headed by Justice KK Agha passed the verdict on the appeal against the death sentence of co-accused Babar Siraj in the murder case.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2022.
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