KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Bahria Town Karachi and Malir Development Authority (MDA) to halt the construction work at 5, 786 acres of land with an immediate effect.
In an interim order, the apex court has ruled the land was illegally allotted to Bahria Town by the development authority.
The court also directed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to complete its investigations and submit a report within two months. It also restrained the Sindh government from allotting any further land to Bahria Town.
Reacting to the court's order, Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz insisted that the construction activity would continue uninterrupted in Bahria Town Karachi.
"Misreporting of facts regarding Bahria Town Karachi absolutely malicious. SC (Supreme Court) didn't put any restrictions on develop work by Bahria Town," Malik Riaz tweeted.
"Bahria Town will continue all construction-related activities on the consolidated land of 9385 acres. Twisted facts are product of cynical minds.
"We have been facing this mafia from day one and will continue to do so to safeguard development &investment in Pakistan."
The Bahria Town is restrained from undertaking any development activity in the area demarcated with green colour with black lines on it measuring 244.925 acres and or to deal with this portion of land with any person or organization in any manner whatsoever.
(ii) The Bahria Town is further restrained from undertaking any development activity on the portion marked as “A” with pink colour measuring 386.276 acres, which is not consolidated by the M.D.A, with further restriction to deal with this portion of the land in any manner whatsoever.
(iii) The Bahria Town is restrained from undertaking any development activity on the area marked as “B” with pink colour measuring 1975.059 Acres, which as per survey report has not been consolidated by the M.D.A and to deal with the land in any manner whatsoever.
(iv) The Bahria Town is further restrained from undertaking any further development activity on the area marked as “C” with pink colour measuring 410.444 acres and or to deal with the land in any manner whatsoever.
(v) The Bahria Town is further restrained from raising any further development activity in area measuring 2771.779 Acres, which has not been consolidated by the M.D.A and to deal with the land in question in any manner whatsoever
(vi) The M.D.A is restrained from consolidating any further portion of the private land of the Bahria Town or any other private enterprise under the CMA.376-K/2014 etc 6 garb of exchange of land in exercise of their powers conferred on them under the M.D.A Act.
;(vii) We further restrict the Board of Revenue, Government of Sindh, from dealing with the land of M.D.A or any other Authority which is subject - matter of these proceedings in any manner whatsoever in defiance of the order of this Court passed by a five Member Bench of this Court on 28.11.2012.
(viii) The M.D.A is restrained from dealing with the land which are subject - matter of survey report either with Bahria Town or with any other organization in any manner whatsoever.
(ix) defiance of the interim orders passed herein above by any of the organization whether public or private shall expose them to contempt proceedings.
In order to ensure that no further construction or development activity is carried out on the land specified hereinabove, we direct the NAB authorities through the Prosecutor General that they should immediately if possible by tomorrow obtain google earth maps/images of the entire land stated to be in possession of the Bahria Town as per the survey report and submit the same for record.
In fact on 28.11.2012, a five member Bench of this Court, has initially passed an order restraining the Sindh Government from dealing with the State land, relevant portion of which is reproduced hereunder:- CMA.376- K/2014 etc
7. Under these circumstances, we are constrained to direct that the Deputy Commissioners/District Coordination Officers of Sindh, to ensure that immediately the entire revenue record of all the district is kept in the custody of Mukhtiarkar in terms of the directives contained in the aforesaid judgment of the High Court and shall not be removed from the office of the Mukhtiarkar to any other place.
Moreover, mindful of rampant corruption and organized crime of land grabbing, particularly, regarding prime state land, and mismanagement/forgeries in the revenue record, we hereby, until further orders restrain the Government/Revenue Department from mutation, allotment, transfer and or conversion of any state land and or keeping any transaction or entry in the record of rights in this regard in revenue record of Sindh or till the entire revenue record in Sindh is reconstructed.
The conversion of lease for 30 years or of any term upto 99 years shall also be stopped immediately as by this mode the state land is being sold out at a throwaway price without participation of public at large, which the law does not permit. Any further conversion or mutation of state land in the record of rights from today onwards would be deemed nullity and would expose the Deputy Commissioner/DCO of the relevant districts/dehs besides others to contempt proceedings. - SAMAA