SHC stays refurbishment work on Karachi State Guesthouse

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday stayed refurbishment work on Karachi State Guesthouse, where family of President Mamnoon Hussain was settled.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar granted interim order on a petition of a contractor firm, who requested the court to issue directives to the foreign affairs ministry to deposit outstanding amount of Rs1.5 million with 10% surety of Rs3.5 million to the court Nazir.

The Riasat Brothers, a private firm, submitted that he was given a tender for renovation of Karachi State Guesthouse by federal government.

Counsel for the petitioner told the judges that during the work, certain changes and improvements were made and he carried out additional renovation and electrical work at the guest house. He said that that federal government approved PC-I for the project at a reduced cost of Rs228,618 million and included suggestions in the revised PC-I, including cost reduction in consultation with the planning commission.

The contractor told the court that despite the fact that all renovation work was completed, federal authorities had not executed the revised PC-1 yet and an amount of Rs 1.5 million was not being paid which was causing undue financial hardship to it.

Counsel submitted that federal government has invited fresh tender for the renovation of State Guest House without having measuring the work already done by the contractor and requested the court to issue stay order as fresh work would destroy the evidence of work already done by the firm.

The bench ordered government to maintain status quo with regard to renovation work of State Guest House. It also directed federal law officer to file comments of federal government in the case.

Hearing of case was adjourned till April 17.

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