PTI leader questions transparency of anti-encroachment drive


-Asks when Bilawal House’s walls will be pulled down  

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman on Sunday cast doubt on the transparency of the ongoing anti-encroachment operation in the metropolis.

He said that the operation is not being carried out in a transparent manner. “Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar has been razing shops and houses of the poor only,” he alleged.

“When will the walls of Bilawal House, which have been erected on a footpath, be pulled down?” the PTI lawmaker questioned.

He also claimed that a politician owned a building that was illegally built on the Nahr-e-Khayyam.

He further asked whether Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar’s directives with regard to the demolition of illegal structures are for the poor only. “While the walls of poor people’s houses are being demolished, the palaces of the rich stand intact,” he lamented.

Zaman asked the mayor if he was afraid of taking action against powerful people.

In response to a question by the media, he said that he would respond to a Rs50 million defamation suit filed against him soon.

“The PTI stands against any injustice meted out in the port city,” he concluded.