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CJP Gulzar terms Sindh govt a ‘complete failure’

–SC asks NDMA to clean nullahs, remove encroachments in Karachi

KARACHI: Observing that neither the Sindh government nor the local government is working on removing the encroachments, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to clean up all the nullahs in Karachi and remove encroachments along them.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, issued these directives while hearing a petition related to encroachments on nullahs in the port city.

The top judge remarked that the Sindh government is a “complete failure” and its people are only enjoying themselves.

Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani presented a report to the court over operations undertaken by the authorities against encroachments. However, the court expressed dissatisfaction with the report and instead lambasted the Sindh and local governments over lack of progress. The court also directed the Sindh government to assist the NDMA.

The report said that Karachi has 38 major nullahs and 514 small nullahs which are under the control of the DMCs. The commissioner told the court that the NDMA is working on cleaning only three major nullahs of the city. The commissioner told the court that people had been living on land encroached on the mullahs for the last ten years.

“The Sindh government has done nothing for the people. You did nothing in the last 20 years,” remarked CJP Ahmed.

To this, the Sindh advocate general intervened and informed the court that when the government goes to remove the encroachments, people start “attacking” them. He added that a “law and order situation” gets created.

“This is the writ of your government. Where is the writ of the government in Karachi?” asked the CJP for the government lawyer’s response. He remarked that the city is full of sewerage water and people walk on streets by placing stepping stones on the water.

Meanwhile, Justice Faisal Arab also expressed his disappointment with the state of affairs in the province, deploring that people have to approach the courts for water and electricity.

“There is a mafia operating here. There is no law,” said CJP Ahmed. He added that the “complete government machinery” was involved in how the situation was in the province.

During the hearing, the attorney general of Pakistan informed the court that the federal government is closely looking into the matters of Karachi.

“We are looking at all constitutional and lawful options,” the attorney general informed the court. He added that Karachi is a metropolitan city and no one can see its metropolitan city being “destroyed”. “I cannot give my final word on Karachi but a decision will be made soon,” the attorney general told the court.

The Law Today Pakistan (TLTP) is an independent news service.


  1. B-2 Spirit said:

    Leave it to the people of Karachi to elect trash leaders, first they were jumping blindly on to the MQM band-wagon. Is it me or Karachi is one of the most worst cities of Pakistan? They throw trash outside at community areas without even caring what will become of their neighborhood. The problem with Karachi is it’s people, inko Karachi waalo ko sirf dhandhay ki zabaan samaj athi hai.

  2. Haroon Rashid said:

    Since 2/3 decades back the Architect & Engineers Co-op., wholly encroached Society houses, homes, all occupied, all utilities prov ided. Even the NAB offices are approached. Appreciate if the case reviewed on merits.

  3. Farhan Qadri said:

    Good job Sir – whoever would do anything for Karachi at this time of need will be remembered by its citizens forever. I would request to even open all contracts given to build university road, pehlwaan goth road, roads coming to Malir Cantt area from university roads and charge all govt. and contractors involved in the most pathetic work done for billions of rupees and all roads have started to show full sign of deterioration and citizens go through undue pain everyday passing those roads to get to their offices, universities and Schools. these officials have made life miserable for citizens of karachi by their lust for illicit money grabbing from every corner.

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