IHC takes notice of encroachments in G-8 Markaz


Zubair Qureshi

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court on Wednesday took serious notice of the sprawling encroachments by car showrooms and land mafia in Markaz G-8 and directed the city administration to take necessary action in this regard. The Honorable judge was hearing a number of petitions in which Capital Development Authority (CDA), Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) and others have been cited as respondents against encroachment of government land by various offices, businesses and corporations. During the course of hearing, the judge inquired of the CDA counsel why Sector G-8 Markaz was occupied by car showrooms and under which authority these showrooms were allowed to work in the middle of a residential sector. The CDA counsel on this replied that the district administration had issued licences to these showrooms owners however, most of them were carrying out their businesses even after their licenses were expired.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that CDA with support of the district administration and police should remove vehicles parked on green belts and footpaths with the help of car lifter. CDA counsel replied in that case the vehicles could be damaged. Justice Siddiqui said these encroachments in Markaz G-8 were not acceptable at all as they also fell in non-conforming use of the residential areas. A petitioner Adil Shah in his petition has been taking up the case of G-8 Markaz encroachment and submitted that in fact the Markaz of the sector was supposed to have grocery shops and markets where residents of the sector could buy grocery and items of daily use. However, the land mafia and show room mafia in connivance with the CDA and MCI have occupied the sector and are running their showrooms without following the laws. Last time, CDA and MCI conducted an operation in Sector G-8 was in May, 2017 even in that operation none of the showrooms was targeted, rather parking lot and protective shed of Pakistan Observer’s offices were forcibly removed.
That Tarzan-style operation was carried out after demolishing and damaging protective shed, fence, walk through gate and other things at the front side. After Wednesday hearing in IHC, though bitter memories of that operation revived yet hopes of the residents of this sector have also been enkindled that some day they would be relieved of encroachments on footpaths and green belts of this sector. An employee of Pakistan Observer welcoming Justice Siddiqui’s remarks that he himself would like to visit the sector someday suggested the hon’ble judge should have a round of the sector without prior notice or the land mafia and showroom mafia would remove their cars from the site.

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