Plot allotment in Clifton: SHC seeks arguments from accused counsels
KARACHI:Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday sought arguments from the counsels of the accused persons till 4th September in a case against former mayor Karachi and Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief Mustafa Kamal and others pertaining to the alleged illegal allotment of state-owned land in Clifton, block 3, near Sea View.
A SHC bench, headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh, heard the joint pleas of the accused persons. The bench ordered the relevant authorities to issue the seized passport of a builder Muhammad Dawood. Hyder Waheed, the counsel of the Dawood, argued that his client wanted to go abroad for the treatment.
At which, SHC CJ asked: “Is there no treatment in Pakistan.” Counsel submitted that as per the orders of Supreme Court, the person whose name is not being putt on Exit Control List (ECL), his passport could not be seized.
According to the reference filed in an accountability court of Karachi, Sindh Director General Building Control Authority Iftikhar Qaimani, Fazul Rehman, Mumtaz Hyder, Nazir Zardari and others were also involved in the alleged illegal activity.
According to the NAB’s reference, the land was allotted to hawkers and shopkeepers in 1980 which was later got by DG Builders on lease in 2005. The accused persons have inflicted a loss of over Rs2.5 billion to the national exchequer, according to the reference. The court, later, adjourned the hearing till 4th September.