ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Sindh government to remove encroachment along the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) route and rehabilitate people, who were about to flee from the sites.
A three-member high court presided over by Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed is conducting trials on a suo moto case related to KCR operations in Pakistan’s economic center. The bench directs the Railway Secretary to submit a progress report by the date of the next trial and postpones the trial.
During the trial, the Railway Secretary, additional Attorney General and Sindh government officials informed about the construction work of the underpass and overhead bridge by the Frontier Works Organization (FWO). They say that great progress has been made.
Was informed that the FWO has proposed more overhead and underpasses on the Karachi Loop Rail route for the smooth running of the KCR.
The Railway Secretary informed that there were no obstacles from the Railways and the Sindh government. Sindh government officials said that work to start the operation of the KCR was taking place day and night and the KCR would be operational within the deadline given by the Supreme Court.
Regarding encroachment, the assembly was informed that encroachment on both sides of the KCR line had been removed. The secretary notifies that there is a violation at some point, which will also be removed.
Then, the judge postponed the trial of this matter for one month.
In February this year, the top court ordered to make Karachi Circular Railways (KCR) functional within six months by eliminating encroachment on Pakistan Railways land. The revived KCR operation is intended to be an inter-regional public transport system in Karachi, with the aim of connecting the city center with several industrial and commercial districts within the city and remote suburbs.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday rejected the apology of cleric Agha Iftikhar-ud-Din Mirza over allegations of court insult in an anti-judicial video case. The three-member high court chaired by Chief Judge Gulzar Ahmed and consisting of Judge Faisal Arab and Judge Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case.
During the trial process, the defendant’s lawyer said Agha Iftikhar could not attend because of a positive test for the corona virus. Agha Iftikhar will have open heart surgery later, he added.
He begged the court to spare Agha Iftikhar. Judge Ijaz asked whether the medical report had been submitted. The lawyer replies that all reports have been submitted. In addition, Attorney General Sohail Mahmood said he had also submitted a written statement regarding the witness’s testimony.
Later, the trial of the case was postponed for one month.