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ABAD announces it’s stopping construction projects ‘in protest’

Demolition orders have shaken investors' trust, says Sheikhani

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 26, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 days ago
Posted: Nov 26, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 days ago

Mohsin Sheikhani

The Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) has announced to halt all construction projects in Karachi to protest the demolition of Nasla Tower in the city.

The ABAD issued a statement to media on Thursday night and put front-page advertisements in Friday’s newspapers to announce the “shutdown.”  

ABAD Chairman Mohsin Sheikhani said buildings were declared illegal despite the fact that all the relevant documents and NOCs were duly obtained from government agencies. 

“We are stopping all the projects in protest,” he said.

The Nasla Tower is being demolished on the orders from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which on Wednesday admonished Karachi Commission Iqbal Memon for failure to execute its verdict. Memon started the work immediately and now a hollowed-out structure is left on the site

Sheikhani says the situation has left builders and investors in shock and they fear that all of their buildings would be demolished.

“We need to satisfy our investors. Tell us from which institution should we obtain the NOCs so that another institution does not challenge that authorization,” he said in the statement.

The newspaper advertisement presented a similar argument and claimed that “legal approval of concerned authorities are being deniend” and “legally approved buildings are ordered to be demolished.”

Sheikhani said the responsibility of examining the NOCs lied with the government.

He said in the next phase the protest would be expanded to Hyderabad, Sukkur and other cities of Pakistan.

The ABAD chairman said investors had lost trust as regularized buildings were ordered to be demolished. “Institutions should review their decision,” he added.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the demolition of the Nasla Tower after it found that the buildings had been constructed on encroached land including a service road.

The builder who launched the project a few years ago was a member of the ABAD.

Work at 350 projects comes to grinding halt

An ABAD spokesman told SAMAA Digital that about 350 construction projects were under progress in the city and work has been stopped everywhere.

It would affect around 70,000 allottees, the spokesman added.

ABAD officials say construction sectors is a major contributor to the nations GDP as it enables over 70 affiliate industries, including cement and steel industries, to generate business.

‘Bahria Town could face the same fate’

Former ABAD Southern Region Chairman Asif Sumsum warned that Bahria Town and DHA could face the same fate.

“Today is a difficult time for us. Tomorrow this time may also come for Bahria Town and DHA,” he said speaking to SAMAA Digital.

He claimed that the construction sector was deliberately targeted. “A special mindset is behind the destruction of the construction sector.”

Sumsum said when buildings were regularized in Punjab, why the same example could not be followed in Karachi.

The former ABAD official also criticized the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for, what he called, its “double standards.” The PTI leaders came to Nasla Tower to express solidarity with the residents, but then the party opposed the resolution in favour of Nasla Tower in the Sindh Assembly, he said.

“What is this double standard?”

Referring to the 72 affiliate industries, he said a small screw company will also be affected by the developments around the construction sector.

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  1. Akber  November 26, 2021 4:46 pm/ Reply

    The new ABAD Chairman is talking about stopping construction projects here which will impact on thousands of daily workers. Can anybody ask him or he himself tells us, so far what he has done about Green Valley project where thousands of allottees/affectees are waiting for their plots to be handed over to them since 17 years. The builder Ruknuddin (Pvt) Ltd, collected billion of rupees from the allottees and never did any development in this project. Since then, Many people has died while waiting for their plots and many people is still living on rental homes because their own plots were not handed over/leased to them even after 17 years.
    The allottees cannot take/utilize Prime Minister’s home loan facility due to non-lease of their plots to them.
    I am not sure if SAMAA can take notice of this huge corruption and do something for these appx. 7000 poor people who bought these plots from Ruknuddin (Pvt) Ltd in 2004 and still did not get their plots.

    • Shahid Ali  November 27, 2021 5:30 am/ Reply

      Fully agree with the comments!!!

  2. Akber  November 26, 2021 4:52 pm/ Reply

    Good builder never does the corruption and already knows about the laws and limitations.

    Bad/Corrupt builders always find ways to build illegal floors by bribing several govt. departments(wherever they has some deals). It is good that all bad builders are kicked out from the industry and good people enter into this industry

    • Shahid Ali  November 27, 2021 5:32 am/ Reply

      Completely agree with the comments!!!

  3. Yunus  November 26, 2021 8:41 pm/ Reply

    The builders,are,corrupt they bribe SBCA and other department to get NOC for illegal construction finally public is deprived of theirs rights

    • Shahid Ali  November 27, 2021 7:30 pm/ Reply

      Yes; builders who are responsible for concept of portions and conversion of small houses to multi-storey buildings are the ones who have used tool of bribing concerned authorities to approve their illicit plans of developing buildings on illegal and encroached land then creating hue and cry when Court orders to demolish those.

      Arrest such builders and concerned authorities who approve their building plans!!!

  4. Shahid Ali  November 27, 2021 5:24 am/ Reply

    Good decision by ABAD for stopping construction work. This organisation is responsible for highly inflated property prices which has become unaffordable by honest people. They are also for introducing the concept of portions and converting small residential houses to multi-storey buildings.

    Their officials deserve punishment rather than leniency!!!

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