KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday ordered to remove encroachments from land allotted for park in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Johar area.
SHC bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat directed relevant authority to remove encroachments after fulfilling all legal formalities and submit compliance report within three months.
Assistant Advocate General (AAG) acknowledged that the park’s land had been encroached upon by some people; however, he assured the court to take every possible step for removing the encroachments.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by, former MPA and amir of Jamaat-e-Islami district East Karachi Mohammad Yunus Barai, Shujaat Hussain Hameedi and others seeking removal of encroachments from the park’s plot.
The petitioners named chief secretary Sindh, commissioner Karachi, deputy commissioner East, administrator KMC, director general parks and horticulture and other as respondents.
The petitioners submitted that an amenity plot bearing number ST-32 in Gulistan- e- Jauhar Karachi admeasuring 11126 square yards was earmarked for park and playground. They stated that with the great efforts, they got approved Rs199.950 million for the development of this park.
They said that after fulfilling all prerequisite formalities, construction work was initiated. However, all of sudden some land encroachers forcibly occupied the area of park. They said that they went to the Gulistan-e-Jauhar police station to lodge FIR against the encroachers but SHO did not lodge the same, saying encroachers were very influential persons.
The petitioners submitted before the court that encroachers demarcated the land of park and began selling it for huge sum. They said that land encroachers built 6-feet high boundary wall around the plot and made doorway from the roadside.
They petitioners also quoted the apex court judgments, saying that courts in its judgments had directed the KMC to remove the all encroachments from the amenity plots in Karachi. However, they added that in pursuance of the orders of the court authorities have not taken any action for removal of encroachments from the amenity plots.
They had prayed to court to direct respondents to demolish the illegal construction on the said plot and to reconstruct the park or play ground on the plot.
Later, talking to media outside the court, Yunus Barai said this verdict of the honourable court was the victory of the citizens of Karachi. He said he and his party would continue to play their positive role in getting the occupied amenity plots freed from land grabbers.