CJP orders restoration of Tariq Road Park in Karachi

Also directs removal of mosque built illegally on park land: Admonishes city administrator for not knowing exact limits of park

By: News Desk
Published: 03:38 PM, 28 Dec, 2021
CJP orders restoration of Tariq Road Park in Karachi
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The Supreme Court has ordered to restore a park within a week after removing a mosque built illegally on the park land on Tariq Road, Karachi besides showing his indignation over city administrator and deputy commissioner east, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad heard a plethora of cases at Karachi Registry on Tuesday. 

While hearing a petition against the construction of Madina Mosque on land reserved for park on Tariq Road, the chief justice of Pakistan asked the DC east how he allowed to construct a mosque on a park land. He asked him whether the Al Bari Tower land belonged to park or it was commercial land. 

He admonished the Karachi administrator for not having knowledge of exact limits of the Tariq Road. 

The DC east, assistant commissioner and others appeared before the court in the case. 

The CJP remarked that the administrators just drew their salaries/benefits, got retired then moved to some foreign country. 

While addressing the Karachi administrator, CJP Gulzar wondered how on earth the city administration could allow 8-storey buildings on 200 yard plots. 

“When a quake hits, the whole building will come down crashing. Everything will be finished. Thousands of people will die. If you will be alive, you will be responsible for all these deaths,” the CJP warned the administrator. 

He ordered him to restore the park in place of Madina Mosque within a week. 

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin remarked that these were not ‘places of worship’ rather these were ‘places of stay’. 

Separately, the Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Society has also come on the Supreme Court radar as Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad has shown his resentment over the allotment of plots by cutting public spaces saying that a case should be registered against the society’s chairman and its secretary.

The chief justice of Pakistan was hearing a case against the Kidney Hill Park encroachments. 

He remarked the society had sold out all the plots. Even it has sold out public places while converting them into residential plots, he added. He warned that the administration must give an answer regarding this anomaly. He said that an FIR should be ordered against the PECHS chairman and secretary. 

CJP Gulzar Ahmad further ordered to remove all encroachments constructed on the Kidney Hill Park including illegally built Bismillah Mosque. He gave a dressing down to the assistant commissioner east for his abetment in the illegal constructions in the Hill Park warning him that he was going to lose his job. 

“Irregularity is found in every nook and corner. But you people just walk away while bowing down your heads. Nobody cares what’s going on. The city has been destroyed,” the CJP deplored.

Separately, the Supreme Court has ordered to fix the hearing of Gutter Bagicha case in Islamabad. 

The CJP wondered who authorized the local council to allot municipality land. 

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin remarked how on earth it was possible to make houses on the land reserved for park. He said it was dangerous to alter the rules while sitting in the office. Every rule will be flouted by this way, he lamented.

Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab also appeared before the court in this case. 

Cases registered against people responsible for Nasla Tower 

On the other hand, cases have been registered in the Ferozabad police station against the accused responsible for the Nasla Tower illegal construction. 

The officers of the Sindh Building Control Authority and Sindh Cooperative Muslim Society have been nominated in the FIRs. An investigation team of the police reached the SBCA office and demanded official record. 

Reporters Bilal Ahmad, Samar Abbas