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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the attorney general of Pakistan to file a review petition on Supreme Court’s order to clear all encroachments in Karachi, sources informed media channels on Tuesday.
The SC had on October 27 directed that encroachments in the metropolis be removed within the next 15 days, as a bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard a case against land mafia in Karachi at the apex court’s Karachi Registry.
Ever since then seen thousands of shops demolishing, ultimately resulting in alarming rates of unemployment.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, during his meeting with the premier, had briefed him regarding reservations over the clean-up drive.
The sources said PM Imran Khan directed the attorney general to immediately file a review petition with the apex court.
Earlier, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation also prepares a report on the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, stating that around 7,000 shops, 10,000 sun shades and over 2,000 platforms were evaded and during the last one month.
A two-storey building was also demolished near Karachi’s Empress Market, the report read, adding that no action was taken against encroachments in Malir district or Malir district council.
The action against encroachments has drawn the ire of affected masses, who complain that they are being deprived of their businesses and sources to earn a living for their families.