SHC seeks reply over handing of Sindh’s Islands to Federal

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Oct, 2020. 11:35 am

On Thursday, the Sindh High Court has issued notices to the federal and provincial governments on a petition against handing the administration of Sindh’s islands to the federal government.

According to the details, the court has sought a reply from both the governments on October 23.

The petitioner has argued that the formation of the Pakistan Islands Development Authority is against the Constitution. Handing over the islands to the federal government is against Sindh’s basic rights.

Let it be known that President Arif Alvi on August 31 promulgated the Pakistan Islands Development Authority (PIDA) Ordinance, 2020, to facilitate the Centre to take control of Sindh’s two islands — Bundal and Buddo.

The enactment of the ordinance triggered strong criticism from the ruling party of Sindh.

Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said the islands “were, are and will remain the property of Sindh”, adding that the province did not desire any development in which its people were not involved and which was without the Sindh government’s approval.

“We will not allow any action that seeks to usurp Sindh’s rights and land and could harm the local population,” he said.

Murtaza Wahab, the provincial government’s spokesperson, said the Constitution clearly stated that the land within a province’s limits belonged to the provincial government.

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