Karachi: SC lambastes Mayor Karachi, directs Sindh government to complete KCR work

Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Monday, lambasted Mayor Karachi over city’s situation and directed Sindh government to complete Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) related development work within due time limit.

The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed heard the case regarding restoration of KCR.

During the hearing CJP Gulzar Ahmed reprimanded Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar after the latter highlighted his lack of authority and power when questioned regarding city’s abysmal infrastructure.

“Go home if you do not have authority, why are you sitting as a mayor,” said CJP.

Furthermore, the top court expressed severe displeasure over the issue of illegal billboards in the metropolitan city as two people were serious injured after a billboard fell during recent rain spell.

“The entire city is full of billboard,” remarked the top judge.

“Let us do an inquiry on the past five years to see who installed these billboards,” noted Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan.

The court directed Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shalwani to submit a report on the matter.

The hearing was also attended by Advocate General Sindh who apprised the court regarding developmental progress in restoring KCR.

The court expressed displeasure over Sindh government’s performance and directed provincial authorities to assure the completion of underpasses, flyovers and other construction work related to KCR within given timeline.

Expressing concerns regarding electrocution related deaths in Karachi, the top court stated that FIR should be registered against K-Electric administration.