Thursday May 09, 2019
KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday tasked Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah with the task of ending encroachments in the city.
Hearing the case pertaining to restoring Karachi’s master plan, the apex court ordered that the Chief Minister Sindh work with all departments to end encroachments in the city.
SC directed the chief minister to consult all parties and restore Karachi according to the master plan, following which a report should be presented.
The apex court also ordered the removal of all encroachments on footpaths in the city. Further directives by the top court included clearing lands in front of hospitals which are being used to park ambulances, creating zebra crossings and putting up signboards across the city.
The Supreme Court issued a contempt of court notice to Sindh Provincial Minister for Local Government Saeed Ghani for his comments over the anti-encroachment drive in Karachi.
During a hearing regarding illegal encroachments in the city in which the attorney general, secretary defence and other officials were present, the court rejected the report presented and said it was ambiguous.
“Why were the court’s orders not followed,” Justice Gulzar remarked. “This report is unsatisfactory and is equivalent to defrauding.”