SC dismisses Sindh government’s report claiming to restore Karachi’s infrastructure

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.

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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.

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