Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has announced its decision to uphold its recent stay order issued against the Capital Development Authority (CDA) till January 16 — according to news sources. As per the publication, this stay order had been issued after the courts were informed that CDA had acquired land to build new housing sectors, without first compensating the property owners displaced in the effort.
The affectees in this case had been evicted from their homes and were yet to recive the money they were owed from the sale of their properties. As a result, they banded together to file petitions against the CDA, with Chief Justice Athar Minallah presiding over their cases.
Representing the government authority was Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Ali Nawaz Awan, who informed the court that the state was ready to pay the affectees all the money they were owed.
The chief justice observed during the court proceedings that the ban on plot allotments would continue until the civic body paid the compensation owed to the last of the affectees. In case of non-compliance, the court warned that it would proceed to auction off the plots in question, and use the funds to pay the affectees — who have been waiting for compensation for over 50 years.