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Grand Hyatt case: Is there a double standard for housing of the rich and poor in Pakistan?

January 15, 2019
 
SAMAA TV’s Amber Shamsi highlights a report that around 50% of the owners of the luxury apartments are tax defaulters



Last week, Pakistan’s top court ordered the builder of the Grand Hyatt to pay Rs17.5 billion to CDA over a period of eight years. 

BNP was allocated a plot to construct Grand Hyatt hotel in 2004, however, it built luxury apartments instead and sold them to various buyers. These buyers include high-profile figures such as Prime Minister Imran Khan.

SAMAA TV’s Amber Shamsi lists down the main points of the case, bringing to light a report that around 50% of the owners of the luxury apartments are tax defaulters. In essence, these defaulters will surely benefit from the apex court’s recent order. She questions the unequal divide between the rich and the poor in Pakistan saying that the rich seem to be getting away without accountability.
 
 
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    Shahid K.   January 18, 2019 9:49 am/ Reply

    I am surprised the respected TV reporters and anchor persons pronounce, “Grand Hyatt” as Grand “Hayaat”. Don’t know the difference between the spellings and pronunciation between the words “Hyatt” pronounced “hi-yet” and “Hayat” pronounced “hayaat”. Time and again I hear this done over and over again that hurts the ears. They should educate themselves on these matters when they do such reports.

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    Syed Arif Hussain Zahidi   January 19, 2019 6:11 pm/ Reply

    Quote “Was the CDA sleeping for 13 years [while the towers were being constructed]? Now, when two towers have been built, the authority is saying that they fall within the Margalla Hills National Park area and should be demolished,” the chief justice said.
    He added: “The Supreme Court’s building and the secretariat also fall in the area, shall those be demolished too?”
    “People have bought apartments in the Grand Hyatt,” he said while adding that half of Islamabad has been “built wrong”. Unquote

    There is so much that can be said …. NEVER MIND

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    Syed Arif Hussain Zahidi   January 19, 2019 6:16 pm/ Reply

    Quote ” “Was the CDA sleeping for 13 years [while the towers were being constructed]? Now, when two towers have been built, the authority is saying that they fall within the Margalla Hills National Park area and should be demolished,” the chief justice said.
    He added: “The Supreme Court’s building and the secretariat also fall in the area, shall those be demolished too?”
    “People have bought apartments in the Grand Hyatt,” he said while adding that half of Islamabad has been “built wrong” Unquote
    So much has been said in these four lines, leaves me totally shocked.

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