LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered immediate removal of encroachments from different areas of the city.
Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi of the LHC issued the order for removing all illegal settlements. He was hearing a petition filed by a citizen seeking action against people violating earlier court order to uproot all illegally set up shops and settlements.
The prominent places where encroachments are to be removed include Mall Road, Shah Alam Market, and the surrounding of Data Darbar.
The judge directed deputy commissioner of the city to ensure implementation on court orders within 24 hours.
‘We will act against all encroachments indiscriminately,” the DC assured the court.
The anti-encroachment drive is underway in Karachi for over a month in full swing. A number of illegal shops, buildings, and makeshift settlements have been removed by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation teams tasked with taking action against encroachments.
A meeting was held at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry on Nov 25 to review implementation of court orders regarding removal of illegal shops and encroachments across the city. The meeting was chaired by acting Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed.
Director general Karachi Development Authority stated in report before the court that anti-encroachment team got vacated over 5,000 illegally occupied plots.
The Supreme Court on October 27 had directed Mayor Karachi, Wasim Akhtar to remove all encroachments from the city’s amenity plots and pavements with the help of law enforcement agencies, and granted a 15-day deadline to city authorities for compliance of its orders.