CJ berates commissioner for demolition of heritage sites

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Karachi registry of the top court has Friday chastised Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Iqbal Memon over the mushrooming of housing buildings on the heritage sites with razing of old buildings that are supposed to be safeguarded.

During the Hindu Gym khan restoration case, the Karachi registry bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed took to task the civic authorities and inquired who indeed was knocking down the heritage sites and developing new buildings there?Heritage sites are being preserved in the whole world but in Karachi all you need is to declare them dilapidated and flatten them to build commercial structures, the CJP said yesterday.

The area contiguous to the Mausoleum of Quaid e Azam is considered heritage sites but the old buildings are being knocked down and new structures are being built, he said in a dialogue with the city commissioner.Nobody bears pain for this city the CJP said during the case, adding that it’s your own city.

You are hell-bent on destroying all the heritage, the CJP said to the civic authorities.Separately today, the Karachi Registry ordered on Friday the demolition of the illegal Tejori Heights built on the railways land, and has directed the city commissioner to knock it down within a month.

The legal counsel from the Tejori Heights, built near Hasan Square, 13-D on the encroached lands of Pakistan Railways, former Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, has yielded to court’s decision and has asked for some time before the reimbursement to the alottees can be done.

Top Court orders demolition of Tejori Heights built on Railways LandThe Supreme Court of Pakistan has Friday ordered the demolition of illegal Tejori Heights built on the railways land, and has directed the city commissioner to knock it down within a month.

 

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