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Contempt notices issued to top police officers over non-ejectment of Islamia College building

Contempt notices issued to top police officers over non-ejectment of Islamia College building

KARACHI: A court put on Tuesday the provincial police officer and others on notice for not complying with its order to vacate the Islamia College building complex.

The Islamic Education Trust, which owns the complex, through the official assignee moved a contempt of court application against the police and the education department for not implementing the ejectment order.

A senior civil judge/rent controller (East) issued notices on contempt of court application to Inspector General of Sindh Police A. D. Khawaja, DIG (east) Sultan Khawaja, secretary of education for colleges Pervez Sehar and secretary of education for schools Iqbal Durrani with direction to appear in person or through a pleader till Jan 9 and warned that otherwise the application would be heard and determined as ex parte.

Last month, the rent controller had ordered ejectment of the complex, which houses colleges of various faculties of arts, science, commerce and law and five schools, on a rent suit filed by the Islamic Education Trust for recovery of rent and seeking an ejectment order.

The Sindh education and literacy department and the management of the colleges had challenged the order of the rent controller before a sessions court. However, the sessions judge dismissed the appeal.

On the previous hearing, the rent controller had directed the DIG (east) to extend required support to the nazir of the court to eject the complex and hand it over to the official assignee till Dec 23 after a SSP submitted that there were thousands of students and they might create a law and order situation as police did not have enough force to implement the court order and requested to direct the DIG to provide additional force.

The court had also asked the provincial police officer to ensure the implementation the ruling/decree. However, the court order was not implemented yet.

The Islamia College is among Pakistan’s oldest educational institutions which were nationalised in 1972 and since then the Sindh education department has been managing its affairs.

The ground-plus-three-storey Islamia College building complex is situated in Jamshed Quarters and before nationalisation the colleges and schools that existed within the complex were running under the administration of the Islamic Education Trust.

Published in Dawn, December 27th, 2017

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