CJP urged to fully in­ter­pret or­der of en­croach­ments

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

KARACHI: Chair­man Busi­ness­men Group & For­mer Pres­i­dent Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try Si­raj Kas­sam Teli and Pres­i­dent KCCI Ju­naid Es­mail Makda have ap­pealed the honor­able Chief Jus­tice Mian Saquib Nisar to thor­oughly in­ter­pret Supreme Court's or­der for re­moval of en­croach­ments from Karachi prior to com­ple­tion of his suc­cess­ful ten­ure as it is a gen­eral im­pres­sion that the said or­der has been grossly mis­in­ter­preted and was widely be­ing mis­used by KMC, says a Press re­lease.

In a state­ment is­sued, Si­raj Teli and Ju­naid Makda cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that the Karachi Cham­ber would never speak in fa­vor of any en­croacher and would al­ways op­pose them but the on­go­ing antien­croach­ment drive was not purely tar­get­ing the en­croach­ments as most of the ac­tions were be­ing taken against gen­uine and le­gal shop­keep­ers who had th­ese shops in pos­ses­sion since many decades and they were reg­u­larly pay­ing rentals to KMC un­der lease agree­ments.

They said that although the honor­able Supreme Court or­dered KMC to re­move all en­croach­ments over Nul­lahs, Foot­paths and in­side the Parks but un­for­tu­nately, it has been ob­served that KMC au­thor­i­ties were not ad­her­ing to the court's or­der and have re­sorted to raz­ing all KMC mar­kets and shops with­out any fair­ness and trans­parency.

Chair­man BMG said that all the wrong­do­ings un­der anti-en­croach­ment drive by KMC have to be im­me­di­ately stopped with a view to save thou­sands of shop­keep­ers from get­ting de­prived of their daily bread and but­ter. "As the anti-en­croach­ment drive has re­sulted in mak­ing huge num­ber of peo­ple com­pletely job­less and ter­ri­bly af­fected their fam­i­lies, we fear that the sit­u­a­tion was likely to give birth to crim­i­nals, pos­ing se­vere threat to the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion of Karachi where peace has fi­nally started pre­vail­ing", he added.

While re­fer­ring to KCCI's state­ment is­sued on Novem­ber 28, 2017 on this par­tic­u­lar is­sue, Si­raj Teli re­it­er­ated that all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and bu­reau­crats, who re­mained in Sindh gov­ern­ment from time to time dur­ing the past 25 to 30 years and all rel­e­vant de­part­ments were equally re­spon­si­ble for the en­croach­ment is­sue. "They all are re­spon­si­ble and now they just want to wipe out ev­ery­thing un­der SC's or­der to save their necks and hide their wrong­do­ings", he added.

He was of the opin­ion that the anti-en­croach­ment drive was to­tally one-sided in which all the rub­ble was be­ing passed on to the pub­lic, shop­keep­ers and the busi­ness com­mu­nity whereas those el­e­ments, who ac­tu­ally paved way for such il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties un­der their nose, were not be­ing taken to task. "Th­ese el­e­ments are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion by de­lib­er­ately mis­in­ter­pret­ing the Honor­able Supreme Court's Or­der to hide be­hind the cur­tain as they fear that if the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues to move on like this, the day will not be far when it will be their turn as well and they will also be held ac­count­able for all their wrong­do­ings", he added.

"The city is un­doubt­edly fac­ing se­ri­ous en­croach­ment is­sue that sim­ply can­not be de­nied and there are a lot of il­le­gal­i­ties as well there­fore, KCCI strongly be­lieves that the en­croach­ment drive must con­tinue but it should strictly re­main con­fined to court's or­der which has to be thor­oughly in­ter­preted and im­ple­mented in let­ter and spirit" said Pres­i­dent KCCI Ju­naid Makda while re­quest­ing the Honor­able Ju­di­ciary and the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the prov­ince to take no­tice of the wrong­do­ings be­ing suf­fered by Karachi­ites.

He stressed that although as­sur­ances have been given on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions by Sindh Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Saeed Ghani and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhter for pro­vi­sion of al­ter­na­tive places to gen­uine af­fected of anti-en­croach­ment drive but no re­lief has been pro­vide to thou­sands of af­fected who have ex­pelled from their le­gal busi­ness premises. "Al­ter­nate places have to be done on top pri­or­ity as it was a ques­tion of daily bread and but­ter for thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als who be­came job­less as their shops have been com­pletely flat­tened and they have no other source of in­come", he added.

PESHAWAR: Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, Mah­mood Khan wit­nesses the sign­ing cer­e­mony of Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary So­cial Wel­fare and Women Em­pow­er­ment Muham­mad Idrees and UN Women Deputy Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aisha Mukhtar at the Women Cri­sis Cen­tre for co­op­er­a­tion for an ef­fec­tive im­ple­mentation of Women Em­pow­er­ment Pol­icy in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, here Tues­day. - APP photo

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