ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday sought details of state-owned residences that are inhabited by government officials during the hearing on a suo motu notice taken over illegal allotment of the abodes.
The court ordered authorities to provide complete details of the officers who are allegedly illegally residing in those residences and hinted stern action against the suspects who are accused of renting it out.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed said the matter will not resolve until the termination at least 50 persons involved in the fraud and ordered the authorities to take action against the involved.
He remarked that at least 80 per cent of the government officers rented out government residences and still occupying the places despite constructing their own houses. The top judge continued: “The officers are dishonest who have occupied the government houses. How can these officers be eligible for continuing their jobs after renting out the government-owned houses?”
The chief justice asked federal secretary housing that the government should stop allotting houses to its officers. To this, the secretary replied that the authorities are working on a plan regarding the government houses. The total number of government houses is 28,000 and 17,800 houses are in Islamabad while the authorities have taken back 1,517 houses.
The CJP asked the secretary to tell the court regarding the action being taken against the officers.
Later, the apex court ordered concerned authorities to provide complete details of the officers illegally residing in the government-owned houses and adjourned the hearing for two weeks.