SHC stays Moon Garden’s residents eviction till Dec 3

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday extended the stay in evicting residents of Moon Garden residents, illegal built building, till 3rd December.

SHC bench headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the intervener plea filed by the effectees of the apartment which was illegally raised in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area. Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh Ghulam Haider Jamali, Additional IGP Mushtaq Maher and DIG East Muneer Ahmed were present before the court. Additional Attorney General Ghulam Mustafa requested the court to grant IGP Jamali exemption from appearance. DIG East would not only monitor the exercise but would obey the directions and report compliance.

SHC stayed the eviction of Moon Garden’s residents till 3rd December and directed the police to seal the empty plots without disturbing the present occupants. The court’s order stated that it has come on record that almost half of building was sealed but builder while taking advantage of the Supreme Court’s order may further commit violation by inducting further people in empty flats. The court direted DIG East to continue the exercise without disturbing the present residents and furnish the report within two days.

Earlier the matter reached the apex court on Tuesday which suspended SHC’s verdict of demolishing the apartment and directed the builder Abdur Razzaq Khamosh not to sell the building till the matter is sub-judiced.

Earlier, while giving its verdict on the petition filed by Railway Cooperative Society on 29th September, SHC directed police and other concerned departments to demolish the eight-story building and evacuate the land.

Approximately more than four thousands acre land of Pakistan Railaway was grabbed but there is a question why the authorities concerned failed to take action against the project when it was launched.