Supreme Court orders immediate bulldozing of all illegal marriage halls in Karachi

A three-member bench of the SC, led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Gulzar Ahmed, heard several petitions related to marriage halls.

Corona restrictions: Indoor weddings banned across PakistanThe Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday decreed immediate demolition of all illegal marriage halls in Karachi.

A three-member bench of the SC, led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Gulzar Ahmed, heard several petitions related to marriage halls at the apex court’s Karachi Registry.

Advocate Anwar Mansoor Khan, counsel for the Korangi Marriage Halls Association, appealed that the marriage halls of Korangi were situated on a commercial strip and carry legal status.

“The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA)should be stopped from demolishing the wedding halls. People don’t like to live right on the roadside. That’s why the strip has been commercialized,” the counsel prayed.

The CJP stated that was an assumption, and it does not mean that everything should be commercialized. SBCA had no right to do so, the chief justice added.

Addressing the Karachi commissioner, the CJP said that marriage halls were being constructed all over Karachi.

“Majority of the marriage halls were constructed on welfare plots. Go and demolish illegal marriage halls.”

Regarding the encroachments throughout Goth Nalla in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 4, the petitioner pleaded that leased houses had been bulldozed, whereas illegal houses still stood in the area.

Expressing disapproval, the CJP referred to the Karachi commissioner and asked where the people would go and were they provided with an alternative.

The commissioner replied that alternating arrangements would be made as soon as the provincial government’s compensation policy was formulated.

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