A major operation against the illegal encroachments in Saddar area of the Karachi city is all set to begin from today that is Monday, as per the reports of local media.
It was reported that the encroachments are still present at the different spots in the Saddar area, where, previously a court ordered the mayor of Karachi to have these encroachments removed in two weeks’ time.
Back in May 2018, same kind of operation was done, however, the encroachments remained where they were, in other words the previous operation did not affect them.
A bench led by Mian Saqib Nisar—the Chief Justice of Pakistan on the 27th of October had heard a case against the land mafia in Karachi at the registry of Supreme court Karachi.
The hearing session was attended by the Karachi mayor—Waseem Akhtar and the additional inspector-general of Police (AIG) for Karachi—Ameer Sheikh. CJP asked IG Karachi if he was going to make any move for removing the unlawful encroachments.
He asked about the plan for the removal of these illegal encroachments in Karachi. To this, the IG responded by saying that they are fully ready to provide any kind of cooperation.
Waseem Akhtar informed the court that more than seventy per cent of Empress Market had been cleared.
Upon this Mian Saqib remarked that the localities around Empress Market also needs to get cleared. He further added that the orders have been granted by the court and no other permission is needed for acting against these encroachments.
Karachi mayor gave assurance of completely clearing out Saddar area.