The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has summoned top Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad Police officials against the expected removal of the I-10 slum.
While taking up a petition filed by 13 residents of the I-10/1 katchi abadi, IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal, Islamabad Chief Commissioner Jawad Paul, acting Inspector General of Police Khalid Khattak, and the cabinet secretary to appear in person on April 16.
The petitioners sought the court’s intervention to stop the proposed operation.
The petitioners, through their counsel, informed the court that the CDA has decided to evict them in violation of the National Housing Policy, 2001, which requires relocation of residents before the removal of slums.
Petitioners’ counsel advocate Farrukh Dal said that the CDA has issued warnings to the dwellers to start an operation against them. He argued that the CDA could not remove them unless alternate space was provided to them, as was provided to the residents of other slums.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2014.