Rangers to be called in if residences remain illegally occupied: CJP


Babar Anwar
Supreme Court (SC) has ordered that the matter of official residences should be sorted out within 15 days.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar remarked “people who are waiting in line should be provided with the official residences.
IG Islamabad should sit with the relevant parties and find out a solution. If police don’t vacate the residences then Rangers will be called in.”
The CJP gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench during the hearing of illegal allotment of official residences on Wednesday.
The Additional Attorney General (AAG) Nayyar Rizvi informed the court that police officials had illegally occupied the 140 flats in Sector G-6 of the capital.
He further said that rent amounting to Rs350 million was yet to be paid. Rizvi said that if received, the rent payment will be donated for the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams.
Justice Nisar further stated that the illegal occupation of the said government residences was unfair to those who were eligible, on merit, for allotment.
CJP also inquired “Under which law is Saleh Zafar residing in G-6.”
Secretary Housing and Works Imran Zeb replied that house has been vacated.
Secretary housing told the court that the housing ministry has only three police personnel. The strength of staff is next to nil leading to various difficulties. Occupation by police is illegal.
A police personal said he has been serving in the police for the last 22 years and still no allotment has been made to him. Instead, we were allotted a home in the Kachchi abadi.
The CJP remarked that he is considering the regularization of Kachchi abadis.
The court while ordering to reach a resolve to the matter of official residences’ occupation by police personnel within 15 days adjourned the hearing of the case for two weeks.

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