Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has restarted its operation against educational institutions and commercial outlets in the cantonment residential area from Monday (December 20), news sources reported. The operation was launched following the complaints of traffic jams during school hours that disrupt the city life.
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According to sources, the RCB and Chaklala Cantonment Board (CCB) issued final eviction notices to 469 private educational institutions and 2,880 commercial outlets located in the cantonment’s residential areas. The RCB notice ordered the proprietors of the enterprises to vacate the premises and relocate to cantonment-designated commercial districts. Despite the demonstrations, RCB authorities stated that the operation against illegal schools and other commercial enterprises will continue. Members of the Joint Action Committee of Schools, on the other hand, challenged the eviction letters and stated they had filed a case with the Supreme Court to stop the RCB actions.
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Members of the JAC met with officials from the Military Lands and Cantonments (MLC) to postpone the eviction process and grant time until the Supreme Court hears the matter on January 5. However, since the board hasn’t yet received any stay orders preventing the operation, it has decided to move ahead with it. RCB spokesman Qaiser Mehmood maintained that the board cannot allow any school, college, shop or plaza to operate in residential areas.