Karachi: The Government of Sindh has decided to set up dedicated consumer courts and anti-encroachment courts to hear cases pertaining to violations of building bylaws within the province, according to a news source.
As per the provincial government’s spokesperson, it was essential to form these special courts because the regular courts were already dealing with a large amount of pending cases. By forming these exclusive courts, cases related to building bylaws will not be affected by unnecessary delays anymore and can be resolved at an expedited rate.
According to Sindh Local Government Secretary Roshan Sheikh, the new courts are being set-up under the Local Government Act and will pass judgments based on the laws defined under Pakistan’s penal code.
While the Sindh government’s decision is being implemented, it has been facing criticism from senior lawyers, who believe that setting up dedicated courts is an additional burden on the government — as these setups often receive a limited number of cases. They quote examples of the consumer courts and anti-encroachment courts, which currently have no pending cases to process.