Karachi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected petitions to halt the encroachment removal campaign alongside Gujjar Nullah and Orangi Nullah, news sources reported. The Supreme Court directed that the effort to reclaim land zoned for parks and municipal facilities be continued.
The case was heard in the Supreme Court Karachi Registry by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Gulzar Ahmed, and two other judges.
The three-judge bench overturned the lower courts’ stay orders against the encroachment effort, noting that no remedial measures are owed since the property belongs to the government, and hence there are no affected parties in this case. The judges further directed the authorities and anti-encroachment groups to continue their anti-encroachment efforts and to recover parks and public space areas.
Furthermore, the Supreme Court instructed that the Cantonment Board deliver a report on encroachment under its control and that the Chairman of the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) submit the report within two days. The court also ordered the officials to dismantle unauthorised clubs and constructions on government property.