The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the evacuation of all unconstitutional buildings, including lawyers’ chambers, from a sports ground in Sector F-8 of the federal capital.
The federal capital’s top court has ordered the lawyers to vacate their chambers at the F-8 football stadium by February 28. Otherwise, these unauthorised buildings will be demolished by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) by March 23.
The decision was made by a larger bench led by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah in response to a petition filed by Shehnaz Butt, a resident of Sector F-8, who was protesting the encroachment.
In 2013, lawyers began parking their vehicles in the ground and then began constructing chambers. The profession has become so large over the years that the district bar now assigns the chambers.
Order of Removal of Illegal Chambers:
The IHC registrar said since the Supreme Court had already given two months for removal of the illegal chambers from the sessions courts premises, the CDA was asked to remove the illegal structure of the courts only.
Subsequently, the CDA executed the orders and confirmed that the illegally constructed courts had been removed.
Pursuant to the CDA’s action, a compliance report has also submitted to the Supreme Court on March 29, stated the registrar.
The registrar said the IHC chief justice had asked the registrar office to conduct a forensic audit to determine how some courts were constructed illegally and “to identify the persons/officials responsible for causing loss to the exchequer.”