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Nasla Tower case: Court orders to register case against DG SBCA

KARACHI: 27, DECEMBER, 2021: Supreme Court (SC) on Monday has directed to register case against director general at Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) in connection with a case pertaining to razing illegally built Nasla Tower in Karachi.
During the proceedings, the court has issued contempt of court notice to the SBCA DG and directed the concerned authorities to immediately take the building into judicial custody.
The apex court has also ordered to flatten the tower within 15 days and sought implementation report in a week.
Meanwhile, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) told the SC that no one is paying compensation to the builders and affectees.
Earlier on November 26, Supreme Court (SC) on Friday had conducted hearing on a case pertaining to raze Karachi's Nasla Tower.
During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed expressed indignation over razing the illegal constructed building from ground level, asking "Who will be responsible if any untoward incident occurs?" over which, Karachi commissioner informed that it's the right way to flatten the huge infrastructures.
Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami's (JI) Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman insisted to interact with Justice Gulzar on a matter regarding compensation over which, the CJP got infuriated and strictly ordered him to leave the rostrum. Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that we will not allow any political speech in the courtroom.
Remember that, JI leader Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman had announced to appear before the court in the Nasla Tower demolition case when he had reached the demolition site to show solidarity with the affectees.
Earlier, Karachi commissioner had presented a report in SC, informing that work to raze illegally constructed buildings in the city was underway.
During the hearing, the commissioner said, "The concerned authorities are acting on court’s order and razing Nasla Tower and Tejori Heights. 50 days are required to demolish Nasla Tower whereas builder of Tejori Heights is himself flattening the building."
Earlier, on November 24, Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday expressed anger over the report submitted by the Karachi commissioner and ordered to immediately demolish the Nasla Tower and present report till afternoon.
According to sources, the top court conducted hearing on a reference pertaining to raze Nasla Tower in the port city.
During the hearing, the court has directed to present report regarding Nasla Tower demolition till afternoon and ordered to immediately raze the tower.
On Monday, the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) started the pre-demolition work of the tower on the directives of Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Memon. However, soon after the commencement of the demolition work, Ferozabad Assistant Commissioner Asma Batool stopped it on the grounds of safety concerns.
She said "The demolition process has been stopped for a while because of the safety concerns of the passers-by." "Huge blocks fell on the road during the demolition of the building," she added.
She further said that "Without proper safety measures, no demolition could take place because it could cause damage to human lives," adding that "After consulting with the high-ups, the demolition work would resume."
On October 25, 2021, SC had directed to demolish Nasla Tower within a week. During the hearing, the court directed to use latest technology in the process and take all the expenses from the owner of Nasla Tower.
The apex court remarked that "Seize the properties of the owner if he refuses to pay the expenses."
SC remarked that the building should be demolished, as proved by the record that Nasla Tower was built on the occupied land.
The court had also reviewed the documents of all the institutions concerned, directing the commissioner to take immediate custody of Nasla Tower, no concession can be given on illegal constructions. (04)

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