KARACHI: On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected a report submitted by the Sindh government regarding restoration of Karachi’s infrastructure to its original master plan and lambasted the city authorities for failing to remove illegal constructions in the city.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed, while heading a two member bench rejected the provincial government’s report as it heard a petition against illegal constructions in the megalopolis. Earlier on January 22, the apex court had imposed a complete ban on conversion of residential and amenity plots into commercial spaces in Karachi and directed the concerned authorities to take steps to restore the city to its 40-year-old state.
During today’s hearing, Justice Gulzar told the Advocate General Sindh that the report was of no use and ordered the provincial government to call a cabinet meeting and submit a collective report on removal of encroachments within two weeks.
Karachi’s infrastructure has been destroyed, Justice Gulzar observed, adding that all the institutions shared responsibility for the state of the city.