Court summons defence secretary over ‘illegal’ land occupation in Malir

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At least 115 residents of a goth in Karachi’s Malir have filed a petition in the Sindh High Court against the Army Fire Range constructed in the locality. They claim it has been built over 51,000 acres of encroached land.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Abdul Razzaq, one of the petitioners, said that the Sindh government had only approved 13,000 acres of land for the Military Estate.A letter, too, was sent to the defense secretary.

“But a fence was set up around 51,000 acres of land,” Razzaq said. “[Land of] More than a dozen goths, cemeteries, schools, and other private and lease properties have become a part of the project.”

The petitioners demanded that their land be immediately returned to them.The court, consequently, summoned a response from the defense secretary over the matter. It instructed the assistant attorney general to collect the reply.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Abdul Razzaq, one of the petitioners, said that the Sindh government had only approved 13,000 acres of land for the Military Estate.A letter, too, was sent to the defense secretary.

“But a fence was set up around 51,000 acres of land,” Razzaq said.Here, the state lawyer said that a letter by the Military Estate has already been submitted. “The defense secretary says the letter is sufficient for a response,” he said.But the court was adamant that the defense secretary’s response is mandatory in the case.

 

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