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SC orders immediate demolition of Nasla Tower, summons Saeed Ghani

Karachi Commissioner rushes to the building, starts demolition process

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 24, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 days ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 24, 2021 | Last Updated: 6 days ago

The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Wednesday summoned Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani over his opposition to the demolition of unlawfully constructed buildings, soon after it ordered Karachi authorities to immediately demolish the Nasla Tower, a building declared to have been built on encroached land along the Shahrae Faisal.

Saeed Ghani was summoned when the court was hearing a petition against a 16-storey building in Bahadurabad.

The judges took notice of his remarks made earlier in the day when Ghani said that he would resign from his government position but not demolish buildings on the court order. He said such demolition orders often led to humanitarian crises.

The chief justice came down on Sindh Advocate General telling him to summon Ghani.

“Where is Ghani? He says such buildings would be constructed? Call him. When is he going to resign?” the chief justice said.

Shortly afterwards, Ghani arrived at the Supreme Court Karachi registry building and remained there for a while. However, he later returned after being told that he will have to appear on Thursay, SAMAA TV reported.

Earlier, the SC ordered Karachi Commissioner to go and demolish the Nasla Tower “right now.”

The SC also ordered officials to immediately raze the structure on the Tejori Heights site in Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-D and submit a report.

On Wednesday when the apex court met at its Karachi registry, it inquired if the authorities had executed the demolition orders on the Nasla Tower. Karachi Commissioner replied that he want to seek guidance from the court.

The statement irked the judges who told the commissioner to plainly tell if he had executed the orders or not.

“Do you want to land in prison?” Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed admonished the commissioner warning that he could be held in contempt.

The court ordered the commissioner to “take all the machinery of Karachi” and start demolishing the Nasla Tower.

Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memom left the court and arrived at the Nasla Tower to start demolition process. Speaking to journalists, he said the work to demolish the building “from the inside” has started and the demolition from the outside would begin by the evening.

He said using machines and manual labourers the demolition will go into full swing by the evening.

SAMAA TV’s Khursheed Alam reported that demolition work had began but progressed at a snail’s pace.

Orders cases

The SC is hearing a number of cases related to encroachments in Karachi.

It has ordered to restore four lakes in PECHS area and vacate CAA land from land grabbers.

On a previous hearing, the apex court had sought reports on the “china-cutting” of 35,000 plots, Nasla Tower, Tejori Heights, Aladin Park, and Kidney Hill Park.

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  1. Mohammed sattar  November 24, 2021 11:16 am/ Reply

    Should have arrested the commissioner and sent him to prison for a month

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