A citywide anti-encroachment drive has been going on for quite some time now. But the Supreme court on Tuesday banned provincial authorities from destroying houses.
Sindh Advocate General Sindh Salman Taalibuddin told the bench that the apex court had ordered authorities to clear encroachments situated around Empress Market, adding that there were reservations over the drive extending to other parts of the city. He urged the court to review the order.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan responded by saying that the authorities were only ordered to clear the paths around Empress Market. It was to make the Historic Structure a model for the rest of the country.
The objective to remove encroachments from the streets and the footpath was very clear. It was so that the pedestrians could have some rights as well. They have every right to deserve a clear walking path, then hurdles and obstacles.
The advocate general stated that destroying shops will eventually lead to a rise in unemployment. Upon which, the Chief Justice agreed. But stated that making alternative arrangement for the people affected by this was the Sindh government’s responsibility.
And the conclusion was given that the consequences that will take place are the Sindh Government’s responsibility and they should take authority for it.