Supreme Court reprimands Commissioner Karachi over encroachment issue

Chief Justice Supreme Court CJP Gulzar Ahmed has reprimanded Commissioner Karachi over encroachment issue, warning to remove him over his inability to address the issue.

During the hearing of encroachment case at Supreme Court Karachi Registry on Thursday (today), CJP Gulzar Ahmed lambasted Commissioner Karachi over his performance against anti-encroachment operations in the metropolis.

Commissioner Karachi, who attended the hearing, presented a report related to the YMCA Ground arguing that all pending work has been completed except for the installation of lights at the ground.

He also presented a report on Shahrah-e-Faisal and Shahrah-e-Quaideen.

SC expressed dissatisfaction over the report compiled by the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) and Commissioner Karachi, terming them as ‘rubber stamps’.

The top judge also criticized the report submitted by deputy commissioner and directed Chief Secretary to remove such officers.

What type of a report is this? It’s written everywhere that the report is awaited,” said CJP Gulzar Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Barrister Salahuddin – representing Kidney Hill Park residents, requested the apex court to ensure due compensation by the builder who sold encroached land to the residents.

Barrister Salahuddin underscored that these houses were built 25 years ago and the maps for them were approved by the Sindh government.

In response, the top judge noted that the affectees were not children as one is fully aware while purchasing land or houses.

It is to be noted that last year, Shehri CBE — a citizens rights foundation— had apprised Supreme Court that 24 houses in Farhan Society were illegally built on four plots of the Kidney Hill Park.