KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday directed the Sindh chief secretary and other provincial authorities to submit a report regarding removal of barriers from the streets of the city.
A division bench headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar had taken up a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of an NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
The petitioner submitted that barriers were placed across large number of streets of Karachi restricting freedom of movement of citizens, law enforcers and the emergency workers.
He stated that recently this city witnessed 70 percent of roads being blocked by placing barriers or other hurdles by residents of areas including Jamshed Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, North Nazimabad Town, Korangi Town, where a state within state has been created.
He submitted that this situation being illegal caused a kind of anarchy in the city. He said that on the pretext of security measures walls have been raised along the streets leading to the Bilawal House that has caused citizens to suffer. The petitioner pleaded the court to direct the respondents to remove barriers from the streets.
The hearing of case adjourned till February 03.