Haleem calls for devising mechanism to compensate Nasla Tower affectees



The Central Vice President PTI and Leader of the Opposition in Sindh Assembly, Haleem Adil Sheikh, appealed to allow more time to residents of controversial Nasla Tower for resettlement on humanitarian grounds and devising mechanism for payment of compensation to the allottees at the earliest.

Haleem reached Nasla Tower on Wednesday to listen to the point of view of residents of the controversial building and expressed solidarity with the affected families.

He assured them that though it was a verdict of the apex court and a legal matter, he would take up the issue with the federal government to find a way out within ambit of the law on humanitarian grounds.

He said that people who purchased apartments in Nasla Tower had witnessed official NOCs and documents before investing their hard earned money in the project, but apparently, they were unaware that all those documents were fake and counterfeit.

Haleem argued that builders of the tower had title documents, NOC for sale, master plan and other legal documents issued by Co-operative Societies Department, Sindh Building Control Authority, KMC and Local Government and Environment Departments.

The PPP Sindh government was responsible for construction of Nasla Tower as all the concerned departments responsible for allowing construction of any residential project were subordinate to the provincial government, he maintained adding that affected residents of the tower deserved compensation and its timely disbursement was the responsibility of CM Sindh.

The CM Sindh, all the ministers and officers who headed the relevant departments during course of the time were responsible for the situation and they must be made accountable and brought to justice, Haleem demanded suggesting that compensation amount meant to be disbursed among the affected owners be recovered from accounts of those officers and public office holders.

Due to corruption of SBCA, hundreds of Nasla Towers had been erected in the metropolis on counterfeit documentation and thousands of people were living there, Haleem observed, alleging that bribes money was transferred to Bilawal House and CM house.

Haleem added that five hundred thousand entries in revenue records were fake and deputy commissioners of different districts and members of Land Utilization were involved in land grabbing under patronage of different corruption systems run by Younus, Tapi, Faryal, Ali Hassan Brohi and other front men of PPP leadership.

Some black sheep among the business community and builders were part of the system as well, he noted and urged the businessmen to desist from becoming facilitators of such a corrupt system, he said.

Haleem also condemned the project of construction of the new chief minister house and suggested that Rs1.24 billion rupees allocated for the purpose could be utilized to compensate the affected people of Nasla Tower.

Leader of the opposition reiterated demand of constituting a judicial commission headed by a judge of the Supreme Court for probing into widespread land grabbing in Karachi.


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