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‘Sindh government must demolish 500 buildings in Karachi’

SC orders govt to submit a report in two weeks

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Jan 24, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
‘Sindh government must demolish 500 buildings in Karachi’

SC orders govt to submit a report in two weeks

The Supreme Court wants the Sindh government to act immediately to improve the infrastructure in Karachi.

At least 500 buildings in Karachi must be demolished, remarked Justice Gulzar Ahmed while hearing the case at Karachi Registry on Thursday.

The court ordered the Sindh government to call a cabinet meeting and submit a report in two weeks. The top court wants the city’s master plan too. Justice Ahmed said that the court wants the master plan, which was approved in 1960.

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“Karachi’s infrastructure has been destroyed,” said Justice Ahmed. “All the institutions are equally responsible for this.”  Experts should be consulted to improve the situation. “Please tell the court how the illegal buildings can be demolished.”

The judge said that there will be no compromise on an inch of land in Karachi. “No matter who is behind the construction, but the government is responsible for demolishing them,” he remarked.

“Tipu Sultan Road, Shaheed-e-Millat Road, and Kashmir Road have been destroyed.”  Sharae Faisal had trees on both sides, now there are only buildings, he said. Electricity wires and cables have ruined the city’s beauty.

“The city has been destroyed and no one cares,” he said. The judge said that Sindh government should consult London Mayor Sadiq Ahmed on how to run a city. Everyone wants property in the UK, US, and Canada.

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He said that the Lines Area should be demolished and multi-story buildings should be built to accommodate the people.

On Tuesday, the court had ordered the authorities to submit a report on the encroachments in the city. It was told the officers club of the water board employees and a wedding hall in the area has been demolished.

The advocate general said that encroachments couldn’t be removed from near Qayyumabad which was allocated for Jam Sadiq Park. He remarked that the park was only announced by the former prime minister, but the space for it was never allocated. Now, there are many buildings and a superstore there.

The bench rejected the report. Justice Ahmed remarked that the advocate general is only a “puppet” and that someone else is pulling his strings.

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  1. Mirza Danish Beg  January 24, 2019 1:04 pm/ Reply

    Can the government do nothing but “Destroy”, “STOP” and “PUNISH”? I’d that the only mandate of all Pakistani governments?

  2. Muhammad Ajmal  January 24, 2019 3:02 pm/ Reply

    Well appreciated the Remarks of Honuorable Judge

  3. Dr Shahid Ilyas  January 24, 2019 3:25 pm/ Reply

    One must obey the law, regardless of any power

  4. Amin  January 24, 2019 3:34 pm/ Reply

    Instead of demolishing the area , government must think of legalization of plots by taking money from owner

  5. Tofiq Makda  January 24, 2019 3:37 pm/ Reply

    Big mess,of last 30 years it’s not going to be very easy task but it’s has,to be done for better living for future generations of PAKISTAN

  6. Waqar  January 25, 2019 2:37 am/ Reply

    This is not possible. It is not possible to demolish a single building.
    It should be tackle like ISLamabad building was tackled

  7. Umaid  January 25, 2019 9:11 am/ Reply

    Why should it be legalized? That has been the core issue, take money and legalize. This is not how you run the city, let alone the province.

  8. Anonymous  January 25, 2019 10:20 am/ Reply

    first accommodate the people of lines area then demolished lines area .because people of this area are very poor they can’t arrange homes immediately .

  9. Aamir  January 25, 2019 11:02 am/ Reply

    Please get this done, Karachi need to be cleaned.

  10. Altaf Hussain  January 25, 2019 1:39 pm/ Reply

    Those who gave permission to build this buildings should be punished, why the flat owners are punished. The ultimate looser will be the flat owner.

    • MOHAMMED  January 26, 2019 3:53 pm/ Reply


  11. faisal Karim  January 25, 2019 2:20 pm/ Reply

    What about giving something rather than taking it away, don’t you see employees will be effected, Is there a system to support jobless people, Don’t you think millions of people be homeless, Tell us the strategy please i ab begging you.

  12. Farooqi ahmad.  January 25, 2019 3:02 pm/ Reply

    Many many thanks to honourable chief justice for taking care of karachi.Political parties and institutions including cantonment bosrds are all risponsile for distruction of city.
    Still cantonments bosrds are not acting at all espicially cantonment fasal. RO plants are running in residencial buildings on commercial basis.

  13. Umair Amil  January 25, 2019 3:21 pm/ Reply

    Lines Area can be demolished but people who have been living there since the independence day 1947 of Pakistan they should be accommodate with proper replacement. They have paid challans to KDA through Allied bank.
    First accommodate than demolished

  14. Shoaib  January 25, 2019 6:31 pm/ Reply

    Wow Demolish Lines area after that,
    Demolish 500 buildings.
    Demolish whole Jamshed Town then Korangi and Industrial area then Nazimabad, then step by step other areas.
    Does constitution of Pakistan allow any one to go beyond the limits?
    To stake the officially alloted property of public which allowed by the state to be ruined in the name of clearance or beautification?
    I am seeing the future, whole Karachi has to face the wrath of judiciary judgements. Upcoming days would be tough for the people of Karachi. Allah Madad Farma.

  15. Farrukh  January 25, 2019 9:04 pm/ Reply

    Our judges want to come remain in headlines of newspapers everyday regardless of the repercussion of their excessive decsions. SbCA, builders, all govt agencies who gave permissjons to erect these buildings officially have nothing to lose . They already earned in millions. What about those who paid these builders their life long savings which will sink with the stroke of pen of a judge.

  16. Mujeeb Mirza  January 26, 2019 1:20 am/ Reply

    Why we wake up late. This is very unfortunate that everyone was sleeping while all this was happening in Karachi. The authorities in this construction should be punished first.

  17. Kami  January 26, 2019 7:38 pm/ Reply

    Kindly leave this city alone , we already had very bad time

  18. Anonymous  February 3, 2019 5:03 pm/ Reply

    Stop this madness. Why didn’t courts take any action against incompetent government for not bringing any development projects in last 11 years? Courts should give ruling for city’s development rather than demolishing neighborhood of the Karachi city. What about transport system? What about connecting city roads? These roads were constructed 11 years ago. Think about these issues rather than making new issues by destroying livelihood of Karachi.

  19. MWB  February 22, 2019 3:13 pm/ Reply

    wrong doings has to be corrected and their is no RIGHT TIME for correction. Actions should be taking immediately. All the govt officials who has the signatures on fake documents,to make the construction legal should be punished.

  20. Anonymous  May 9, 2019 12:39 pm/ Reply

    Please Uon Logoo ko saza dayn jin logo ny ya kam kerwaya…

  21. M.Mohsin  June 15, 2019 4:36 pm/ Reply

    first accommodate the people of lines area then demolished lines area .because people of this area are very poor they can’t arrange homes immediately

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