KARACHI – An association of builders on Thursday staged a protest in the metropolitan after Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed ordered the authorities to demolish Nasla Tower within a week.
The protesters gathered on Shahrah-e-Faisal near the Nasla Tower in order to disrupt the demolition work. The protest also caused massive traffic jam on the main artery of the city, leaving commuters in mental distress.
Later, contingents of police and Rangers were deployed to disperse the protesters. They baton-charged the citizens and fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
The track from Shahrah-e-Faisal to Shahrah-e-Qaideen remained completely blocked during the day. However, it was cleared of protesters and the flow of traffic resumed in the evering.
District administration, anti-encroachment staff, Rangers and police personnel are currently present on the site in order to maintain law and order.
Earlier in the day, the chief justice directed Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memon to raze Nasla Tower building within a week and submit a report in this regard.
The chief justice also directed the commissioner to increase the staff to expedite the demolition of the building which is located on the encroached land meant for a service road.