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SC orders removal of encroachments around luxury hotels in Islamabad

SC orders removal of encroachments around luxury hotels in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the removal of encroachments and road blockades around luxury hotels in the capital within 24 hours.

While taking notice of encroachments around two hotels, the court directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit a report after implementing the order today (Thursday).

There have been a number of efforts to remove encroachments by hotels in the city, all of which have failed. The most furious operation was carried out under then-interior minister Chaudhry Nisar, during which barriers and blockades were removed and land used for parking was dug up and surrounded by barbed wire.

However, the encroachments appeared again afterwards, and the land was once again used as parking space by the hotel.




On Wednesday, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar while chairing a three member bench said the capital’s influential figures had made it a routine to block roads whenever they wanted.

The court ordered the removal of encroachments in front of a hotel near the Convention Centre and the removal of blockades at its main gate.

Discussing a hotel near Balochistan House, the chief justice said all the encroachments should be removed and remarked that a room had also been built for a dog on the encroached land.

Main roads in the capital have been blocked by a number of institutions in the name of security. The Federal Investigation Agency has blocked the Mauve Area in G-9/4, while another security institution has blocked Khayaban-i-Suharwardy in G-7/4 for several years. Residents also face difficulty using one of the pedestrian bridges on 9th Avenue.

The chief justice also sought government proposals to end child labour and torture.

While hearing the Tayyaba case, in which a child employed as a domestic worker was abused allegedly by her employers, he said it was the job of the federal and provincial governments to legislate. He said the case trial would be completed soon.

He also said action should be taken against making children beg.

He ordered the Islamabad administration to submit a report within a week, and then postponed further proceedings in the Tayyaba case until a later date.

Published in Dawn, March 15th, 2018

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