The Supreme Court has summoned a reply from the Sindh government in a case involving 145,000 acres of wildlife department land under illegal occupation in the province.
During the hearing on Wednesday, a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Faisal Arab, was informed by the petitioner that the land in question was allotted on the orders of PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari to the Omni Group and Bahria Town.
Justice Nisar commented that he did not not think the government would support this. If you don’t want to work then please leave, he told the government.
The court was displeased that the provincial cabinet had not implemented its order. Till now not even 10% of the land has been retrieved, lamented the top judge.
The illegal allotment of 70,000 acres hasn’t been cancelled yet, the additional advocate general informed the bench.
If 145,000 acres of the wildlife department’s land is being illegally occupied, then why isn’t the government doing something about it, asked Justice Ahsan.
He asked how Bahria Town got hold of the wildlife department’s land. The petitioner said it was done on Zardari’s say so.
Hearing this, Justice Nisar said Malik Riaz is fond of speaking, so he should be present in court too.
Justice Arab asked whether the land was being allotted on the chief minister’s orders.
The hearing was adjourned till January 7.