KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday turned down a plea, seeking a stay order against dismantling wedding halls in Karachi’s North Nazimabad neighboorhood.
A high court bench, comprising Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, also rejected a plea seeking prompt hearing of the case against dismantling marriage halls.
“The court could not issue a restraining order with its eyes closed,” the judge remarked. “First submit papers with regard to the legal status of the wedding hall,” the bench said.
Advocate Nihal Hashmi, while representing the wedding hall owner, claimed to have legal documents of the premises.
“The legal papers you are talking about were not present in the case file,” the court remarked. “Produce the papers on the legal status of the premises, the court could take any action after it,” the Justice said.
The Supreme Court has ordered the demolition of illegal structures, the bench said, “we have also some limits and restrictions,” Justice Rizvi said.
“Court should issue a restraining order, we will produce the papers,” the counsel insisted.
The bench refused the plea and stressed for producing required documents with regard to the legal position of the wedding hall.
The Supreme Court had directed the government authorities on Feb 8, to take action against unauthorized constructions and encroachments in Karachi’s PNT Colony, Delhi Colony and Punjab Colony.