CJP orders immediate removal of billboards from Karachi | The Express Tribune


KARACHI:

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Monday while ordering immediate removal of all billboards from Karachi said that that ‘there is no such thing as law in Sindh’.

A three-member bench headed by CJP Ahmed the case related to illegal billboards at the SC’s Karachi registry wherein port city’s commissioner and Mayor Wasim Akhtar appeared.

CJP Ahmed expressed his outrage over the poor performance of the provincial institutions.

“You people have ruined the appearance of the city as most of the billboards are on residential buildings,” the CJP said.

Look at the buildings on Sharae Faisal, the CJP said adding that, “There are only advertisements. How will people live there? It is the job of the government to implement the building plan but there is no such thing as the government.”

He added that if someone has money, they can do everything.

The chief justice remarked that the children were drowning in the sewer water every day. “The wheel of my own car also got stuck in the gutter. Who is responsible for this situation?”

The CJP asked who is responsible for the broken roads, garbage and this stench in the city?

“It seems that the provincial and local government is hostile to the city whereas no one has come to restore Karachi so far,” he said.

“We do not have the authority,” the CJP quoting Mayor Akhtar remarked “Stay at home then. What have you done to Karachi? Ministers travel in big cars whereas the chief minister only rides in a helicopter and does nothing.”

CJP Ahmed also said that the power crisis in Karachi has only gotten worse.

“Everyone is bent on killing each other. Eight to ten people are dying every day and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is not doing anything,” the chief justice said adding that those responsible should be prosecuted and should be put on the Exit Control List (ECL).



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