According to reports from Karachi, the Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered the deputy commissioner (east), police and rangers to remove encroachments from the grounds of a housing society on Wednesday.
A two-judge panel, presided over by Justice Nadeem Akhtar, gave them till November 14 to carry out the operation and submit compliance reports.
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In a petition submitted in 2021, the Pakistan Post Office Employees Cooperative Housing Society claimed that since 2016, encroachment has taken place on more than 71 acres of their property in Scheme 33, Gulzar-i-Hijri.
The high court had instructed the Rangers and police to assist the district government in carrying out its directives in December of the year before. The call for more troops to reclaim the land came after the Deputy Commissioner and Senior Superintendent of Police for the East indicated that encroachments could not be removed despite numerous attempts.
A nazir’s report from the hearing on Wednesday revealed that 71.12 acres of the petitioner society’s land were still being encroached upon. A prior order dated December 15 concerning the removal of encroachments from the society’s land was cited by the petitioner’s attorney.
The bench received assurances from the counsel representing the Pakistan Rangers, Sindh and the Assistant Advocate General of Sindh that the local government and paramilitary force will adhere strictly to the court’s earlier directives. The bench then gave them instructions to follow through with the appropriate steps and present a compliance report at the subsequent hearing.