SHC orders removal of encroachments from Jahangir Park

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to remove encroachments from Jahangir Park within seven days.

The court directed KMC to demolish the quarters established on park’s land and accommodate its citizens in Korangi. To maintain law and order situation, SHC directed KMC to get the help of Rangers and police for the demolition.

The SHC bench was hearing the petition filed by a citizen, Moulana Mohammad Dars, in which he sought rehabilitation of Jahangir Park and removal of encroachment from it.

He submitted in the petition that the park has historical importance, but now it has become a haven for drug users due to the negligence of relevant administration.

The petitioner pleaded the court that bus and rickshaw stands have been established in the park, which has ruined its beauty. “Encroachment, fruit stalls and pushcarts around the park have ruined the park’s beauty, Moulana told the court.

He prayed to it to direct the administration to remove encroachments, bus stands and other obstacles from stand around the park. He requested the court that the park should be developed again. The court was further requested to direct the authorities concerned to rehabilitate the park and remove the encroachment from it so that it can be used for public recreation once again.

Jahangir Park has its historical importance as it was gifted to Karachiites in 1893 by a Parsi Philanthropist, Khan Behramjee.