Speed up action against encroachments, SC tells CDA

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The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take indiscriminate action against encroachments and commercial activities in urban areas of the city.

The CDA told the court in its report that a six-month period has been given to shift all encroachments and commercial activities from the city. Allotment letters of those who violate this order will be cancelled. This decision was taken in an important meeting of the CDA Board.

A two-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Amir Hani Muslim took up the case for hearing Tuesday.

Justice Dost Muhammad remarked, “Commercial activities cannot be allowed. You have given a period of two to three years to people in your reports.”

The Counsel for CDA told the court that the rules have been enacted. The CDA board has decided on the reservations expressed by civil society and the chamber of commerce that no discriminatory treatment    will be allowed in any way. The six-month time frame has been given to the people to wind up their business otherwise all the allotment will be cancelled. This time has been given in respect of the places for which the court had given its decision. The operation is continuing and will continue against them.

Qamar Afzal said that the CDA has presented a list of 1,200 sites. My name is also included in the list. CDA is acting as per its will. CDA allows whomever it wishes and vice versa.

Justice Dost Muhammad remarked, “When a job has to be done by the CDA then why isn’t the remaining property being included?”

Counsel for CDA said that this is the decision of the CDA board.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked, “The board has not descended from heaven that its decision is this important.”