SC or­ders re­moval of all busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties from mil­i­tary land

SC Karachi Registry also di­rects all ta­bles and chairs placed on foot­paths and ser­vice roads be im­me­di­ately re­moved

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KARACHI: The Supreme Court Karachi Registry on Satur­day or­dered that all busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties be wrapped up from mil­i­tary land in the me­trop­o­lis.

The di­rec­tives came as Jus­tice Gulzar Ahmed headed a meet­ing against il­le­gal en­croach­ments in the city at the SC’s Karachi Registry.

“No mat­ter how in­flu­en­tial some­one is, il­le­gal en­croach­ments will not be al­lowed,” Jus­tice Gulzar said.

“It is de­cided that land will be cleared of en­croach­ments,” he added.

The SC Karachi Registry or­dered that park­ing of cars on the roads out­side restau­rants sit­u­ated on Rashid Min­has Road be stopped. Park­ing on roads out­side build­ings lo­cated on Ko­rangi Road should also be halted, the top court or­dered.

“Ta­bles and chairs placed on foot­paths and ser­vice roads should be im­me­di­ately re­moved,” it fur­ther di­rected.

“A wall con­structed near Dol­men Mall Clifton should be de­mol­ished im­me­di­ately,” the top court added. “Has the wall been con­structed to pave a spe­cial way for a priv­i­leged few?” Jus­tice Gulzar asked.

Fur­ther, the court or­dered that Karachi’s Mas­ter Plan Depart­ment be taken back from the Sindh Build­ing Con­trol Author­ity (SBCA).

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sindh gov­ern­ment, who was also present dur­ing the meet­ing, stated that var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions are not co­op­er­at­ing with them. At this, Jus­tice Gulzar di­rected all in­sti­tu­tions to co­op­er­ate.

Fur­ther, the top court di­rected Karachi Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cor­po­ra­tion (KMC) to con­tinue antien­croach­ment op­er­a­tions across the city.

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