SHC directs to implement SC’s order to remove billboards in Karachi

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

01st Oct, 2020. 01:07 pm

The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed on Thursday the authorities concerned to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court order regarding the removal of all billboards and hoardings from public buildings and properties across the metropolis.

According to the details, a two-judge SHC bench disposed of a writ petition seeking the removal of billboards.

The court instructed the civic authorities to take down billboards from public properties as per the apex court’s directives.

It also directed the cantonment boards and private firms to implement the SC order.

The petitioner, during the proceedings, stated before the court that there are many places where billboards are still installed in violation of the Supreme Court order and requested the court to order the authorities to remove them.

It should be noted that on August 10, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the removal of all kinds of billboards from in Karachi.

The Supreme Court had taken notice of the injuries of citizens due to falling billboards in Karachi. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case. The hearing comes days after a video clip went viral showing two motorcyclists hit and injured by a billboard during heavy rainfall in the city. During the proceedings, SSP South appeared in the court.

In a conversation with Commissioner Karachi, the respected judge said that billboards have been fixed everywhere in his city that are causing accidents and taking precious lives. The commissioner said people have been exploiting public properties in the city and claimed there is a mafia behind all this.

The bench directed Shalwani to take action against all those behind the installation of billboards in violation of laws.

Chief Justice Gulzar said it is up to the government to ensure the implementation of building plans and lamented that there is no such thing as government and law in the province.

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