SC wishes Karachi encroachments cleared inside 15 days

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday granted 15 additional days to metropolis authorities to clear encroachments all through Karachi.

The CJP, who heard cases inside the Supreme Courtroom (SC) Karachi registry proper now, knowledgeable Further Inspector Regular (AIG) Amir Sheikh — city’s police chief — that since a courtroom order to clear encroachments was already present, the authorities did not need anyone’s permission to launch a citywide operation.

The AIG assured the courtroom that he was “ready to assist in regardless of method [police] can”.

Karachi Mayor Waseem, whereas briefing the best select on the anti-encroachment drive, claimed that the authorities had cleared “as a lot as 70 p.c of Empress Market”.

The chief justice, nonetheless, was not pleased and said that the authorities ought to clear surrounding areas as properly.

The mayor recognized that many welfare organizations serve lunches and dinners to the poor and homeless on footpaths. “Should we clear them too?” he requested.

The CJP knowledgeable the mayor to supply welfare organizations with numerous locations the place they might feed the poor. At this, Akhtar replied that he would not have the magisterial powers to take motion.

Advocate Masroor, a senior lawyer, moreover directed the courtroom’s consideration to encroachments inside the North Nazimabad area of Karachi, which, he said, had been “purchased off” by MQM leaders Babar Ghauri and Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

At this, the mayor said that “[to pursue] Babar Ghauri, we should go abroad”.

The courtroom’s instructions come days after Karachi police resorted to using water cannons to disperse residents of Pakistan Quarters, who’ve been protesting in direction of ‘pressured eviction’, that was in line with the apex courtroom’s orders. Following the protest, the SC had extended the eviction deadline by two months.

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