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SC gives ISI 4-week extension to open Islamabad road for traffic

ISLAMABAD: The apex court on Tuesday gave the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) four more weeks to reopen the Shahra-e-Suharwardy at Aabpara junction.

While hearing the case, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar who was heading the bench said, “We had called the director general of ISI to court in the previous hearing.”

He further added, “We already gave you two months’ time to do this; why has the road not been opened yet?”

Following which the defence department members told the court that most of the road has been cleared but it has not been opened for traffic.

“What good is an empty road for the people if it cannot be used,” the chief justice remarked.

“The transfer of devices is taking a long time,” a member of the defence department told the court.

After enquiring how much more time the ISI would take to open the road, the court gave a four-week extension.

Earlier, in 2008, following terrorist attacks on several government buildings the ISI closed the main artery and on July 6, the court had ordered for the roadblocks to be removed within two months.

“Make a bombproof wall or shift the headquarters elsewhere,” the CJP had observed at the time.

It has been reported that the court has already issued directions to remove encroachments from all roads in Islamabad as it has to ensure the supremacy of the law at all cost.

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