Anti-encroachment drive continues for second day in Karachi

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KARACHI : An anti-encroachment drive in the metropolis’ Saddar area entered its second day today (Tuesday).

Operation will be conducted around Empress Market, Passport office and adjoining areas. Further, encroachments were removed from Karachi’s Karimabad’s area with the authorities removing carts from the area.

On Monday, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s anti-encroachments personnel, along with K-Electric workers, began clearing out the land in the city’s metropolis area.

The anti-encroachment operation started around Empress Market and Parking Plaza with heavy contingents of police and rangers taking part in the drive.

However, encroachments were reported to still be seen at various spots in the Saddar locality, despite the Supreme Court’s orders to the Karachi mayor to have them removed.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, on October 27, had heard a case against land mafia in Karachi at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry.

During the hearing, attended by Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and Ameer Sheikh, the additional inspector-general of police (AIG) for Karachi, Justice Nisar had asked IG Karachi if he was going to remove the illegal encroachments.

“Will you tell us your plan regarding the removal of illegal encroachments in the city,” the top judge had inquired, to which, Sheikh said: “We are ready to cooperate.”

Mayor Karachi had told the court that more than 70 per cent of the Empress Market had been cleared.

To this, the top judge had remarked that areas around Empress Market also needed to be cleared. “You do not need permission from anyone else, the court has given you the order.”

Assuring the court, Akhtar had said: “We will completely clear out Saddar.”

Back in May 2018, a similar operation was carried out; however, the encroachments had remained in place.

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