SHC extends stay order stopping building demolition

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has further extended its stay order restraining the Sindh Building Control Authority from demolishing a under construction residential building of a Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader and member of the National Assembly, Dr Arif Alvi, in Clifton.

A single bench comprising Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui also allowed more time to SBCA to file comments on lawsuit of the PTI leader against the SBCA and the city government for threatening him of demolishing the construction being carried out on the plot.

Dr Alvi submitted in his suit that he was a lawful and legal owner of the sub-divided plot No 32 in Block 4, Scheme No 5, in Clifton, where he got the dilapidated edifice razed and obtained an approved new building plan for constructing a residential unit.

He said that the SBCA on Dec 31, 2013 served him with a notice for demolishing the construction, which according to the authority, was raised illegally in violation of the building rules and regulations.

The PTI legislator stated that his property was situated in a narrow lane behind the main Clifton road, where an illegal boundary wall, illegal basements and a tunnel were constructed, but the SBCA failed to check these irregularities in the vicinity. He alleged that the SBCA issued him the demolition notice to harass and cause a financial loss.

PTI leader said that according to some reliable sources, he was issued the notice at the behest of certain political bigwigs having ulterior motives. He further stated that the SBCA notice was backlash against him for his participation in a protest for demolishing a concrete wall built around the Bilawal House for added security.

Dr Alvi contended that the SBCA was entitled to demolish the construction only when it was built in violation of the approved plan and violation of building rules and regulations. He asked the court to restrain the SBCA and the city government from demolishing the construction being raised on his plot.

The PTI leader further asked the court to declare the compulsory open space left open on the plot was according to law. The plaintiff also requested the court to declare that the defendants would be bound to pay him Rs20 million if they caused any damage to his property.

The hearing was adjourned to a date to be later announced by the court’s office.