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CM Sindh Appears in Supreme Court over illegal encroachments case

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

29th Dec, 2020. 11:45 am
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Supreme Court on Tuesday summoned Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah in pertaining to removal of illegal encroachments in Karachi case

According to the details, CJP Gulzar; during the proceedings at the SC Karachi Registry asked a state counsel whether the SC’s previous order was complied with. “We had directed the CM to monitor and ensure compliance with the court’s order,” he recalled. “Where is the chief minister’s report?” he questioned.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed was dismayed over the failure to present report on the anti-encroachment drive in the port city.

The top judge has summoned Sindh chief executive, directing him to appear before the bench with the report.

The chief justice also expressed displeasure over the absence of the advocate general of Sindh. “Where is the advocate general? Doesn’t he know how important this case was?”

“We had passed this order one and a half years back but it has not been complied with yet. Should we start contempt of court proceedings?” he warned.

Karachi Commissioner Navid Ahmed Sheikh informed the judges that he has already submitted a report.

Back in November Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah over the provincial government’s failure to approve the design of development work for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar had taken up a suo motu case relating to the colossal losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways (PR).

During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that work on the KCR project was supposed to be wrapped up within two months. “Just the overhead bridge and some other work remains [to be completed],” he observed. “Why has the FWO [Frontier Works Organisation] not begun its work?”

The FWO director general, who was asked to appear in court during the previous hearing, replied that the Sindh government had not yet awarded the contract for the underpass. The director general said that the FWO had sent the design to the provincial government which had not yet approved it.

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