SHC issues notices on petition against street barriers, wall chalking

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday put Chief Secretary Sindh, secretary local government department, additional chief secretary home, commissioner and administrator Karachi and other respondents on notice in a petition seeking removal of barriers installed on the streets of metropolis and action against the wall chalking.

The petitioner cited province of Sindh through chief secretary, secretary local government department, additional chief secretary home, commissioner and administrator Karachi, Inspector General of Police IGP, and Director General of Rangers as respondents.

The petitioner, Rana Faizul Hassan representing nongovernment organization submitted that barriers have been placed across large number of streets of the metropolis which have restricted freedom of movement of citizens, law enforcers and the emergency workers.

He stated that recently this city has witnessed 70 percent of roads being blocked off by placing barriers or other hurdles by residents of mohallas, adding Jamshed Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, North Nazimabad Town, Korangi Town and in other towns a state within state has been created by erecting barriers.

He submitted that this situation being illegal has caused a kind of anarchy in the metropolis. He said that on the pretext of security measures walls have been raised on the streets leading to the Bilawal House that has caused citizens to suffer.

He submitted that he has several times written to authorities concerned to invite their attention to this awkward situation and pleading for remedy but no heed is paid by them.

He stated before the court beside this bothersome situation, the wall chalking on the walls of the government, semi government, and other buildings has destroyed the beauty of this city adding political and religious parties and other organizations are involved in this act.

He said that in October 2011 Governor Sindh had banned the wall chalking and directed the relevant officials that action be taken against those damaging the beauty of city, since then he went on to say that no action has been taken against those indulging themselves in such act.

He pleaded to the court to direct the respondents to remove barriers from the streets and halt the wall chalking.

The division bench comprising of Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui issued notice to respondents as well as additional advocate general to furnish their respective replies till January 29, 2013.

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