Supreme Court orders immediate demolition of Nasla Tower


KARACHI – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Memon to immediately demolish Nasla Tower and submit a report on the development by afternoon today.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed issued the orders while a hearing a slew of petitions related to civic issues in the Pakistan’s largest city.

The apex court also ordered the authorities to demolish Tejori Height.

The top judge ordered the city commissioner to use all available heavy machinery and bulldoze Nasla Tower.

When the hearing of the case started, CJP Gulzar Ahmed inquired whether the court order to raze the building had been implemented or not.

To this, the commissioner said that he needed some “guidance” from the court and wanted to share something in the cases.

“Come to the point, did you raze the building or not?” CJP said, adding that the commissioner could be sent behind the bars over contempt of court.

Back in June, a three-judge bench had initially ordered the demolition of the multi-storey illegally build on the land specified for a service road.

In a detailed verdict on June 19, the court had also ordered the builders to refund the amount to the people who had purchased commercial and residential units within three months.

Later, the builder of Nasla Tower had filed a review petition against the verdict but it was turned down by the court in October.

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