KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah to submit a report on a case related to eliminating illegal encroachment in Karachi.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed presides over a hearing at the high court registry in the port city. He was disappointed by the authorities’ failure to report on anti-encroachment efforts and summoned CM Murad, the advocate general, secretary of the local government and commissioner of Karachi.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is seeking reforms regarding compliance with the top court directives. When Karachi Commissioner Navid Ahmed Shaikh said he had just been appointed, the top judge observed that the official should have finished his homework.
Expressing displeasure at the official’s unpreparedness, CJP Ahmed questioned what they knew about the citizens’ needs. “Are we going to frame the charges against you and send you to jail because you are unaware of the problems this city faces?”
The top judge observed that the case lasted four years but to no avail. “A multi-storey building is built on a one-story building permit. Government land is out of your control.”
After a short break, the trial continued with CM Murad appearing before the judge and looking for two weeks to submit a report. He was accompanied by Murtaza Wahab and the provincial minister for local government Nasir Shah.
The court has given the chief minister of Sindh one month to submit a report.
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