SHC issues notice to city nazim
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court, annoyed with the City District Government Karachi’s (CDGK) counsel for non-compliance of court orders, issued Friday notice to the city nazim for a date in office on a petition filed by the affectees of the Lyari Express Way (LEW) project.
The SHC’s division bench comprising Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Muhammad Afzal Soomro was hearing a petition filed by two affectees of the LEW project for not paying them compensation.
The bench observed that the CDGK counsel gave lame excuses for non-compliance of the court order. In order to streamline the working condition of the CDGK and save its precious time, the court issued notice to the city nazim with direction to appear in person and explain the working condition of the incumbent of the CDGK.
Muhammad Mamoon Rasheed and Tajul Islam, residents of Ziaul Haq Colony, Gulshan-e-lqbal, Karachi, submitted they were evicted from their houses on July 1 and November 7, 1999, respectively. Later their houses were demolished for the construction of LEW. In order to pay compensation and provide alternate arrangements, the authorities concerned conducted a survey of the said area.
They submitted that their names were included on a list of affectees but due to unknown reasons the Sindh government did not provide common benefits and alternate facilities. Despite their eligibility, they were not treated at par with others and according to Article 25 of the Constitution deprived of common facilities and benefits by the respondents.
Naming the Sindh government, CDGK and others, they prayed the court to direct the respondents to treat them at par with other affectees to whom an alternate place of accommodation along with an initial amount for the construction of boundary walls had been provided.
The court had earlier observed the petitioners were affectees of the LEW project as their names appeared on the list of affectees but till date they were not compensated. CDGK counsel Zafar Ahmed contended their names were not borne out on a list of affectees of the said colony therefore relief could not be granted to them.
On September 21, 2006, drawing attention to a list submitted in court that contained the applicant’s names, the SHC directed the CDGK counsel to produce a list of affectees of the LEW project but after nearly six months it was not submitted. The CDGK counsel stated that the CDGK officer concerned was not responding and had not provided the said list to him. The SHC’s division bench, after the hearing, issued notice and adjourned the matter for a date to be fixed by the office of the court.
Source: Daily Times