The details of the case filed by Naimatullah Khan :
SC issues notice to federal, Sindh govts in alleged land-grabbing case
* Petition says conversion of parks, public land into residential, commercial plots illegal
* Seeks reversal of forced occupation of public places
ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday issued notices to the federal and the Sindh governments in a case of an alleged “joint venture” between land mafia and the MQMized City District Government Karachi in which land grabbers have illegally occupied more then 170 public parks, playgrounds and public spots.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday directed the CDGK to submit a report on the matter within two weeks. The petition said conversion of parks and public land into residential and commercial plots and establishing political parties’(MQM's unit terror cells) offices on public property were illegal and unconstitutional.
Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, the lawyer for former Karachi nazim Naimatullah Khan, said the use of parks and public land for any other purpose was illegal and unlawful, based on malafide intentions, a violation of the fundamental rights of citizens and without jurisdiction.
He said it was the duty of the state to provide playgrounds, parks and other recreational services to citizens instead of depriving them of the ones already existing. The court, after hearing preliminary arguments, issued notices to the respondents with a direction to submit replies.
Reversal: The petition stated that the occupation, possession or control of any individual(s) over the public land and amenity plots mentioned and any construction, structure or installation over the same is illegal, unlawful and an infringement of the fundamental rights of the citizens. Therefore, illegal occupation of such places must be reversed, he added.
Siddiqui stated that one of the biggest causes behind the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi was illegal possession of public property by land grabbers.
The petition raised several questions regarding the alleged occupation of public land, places and points such as parks and playgrounds, stating, “Is the local government vested with any power, authority or jurisdiction to convert public land and amenity plots into residential or commercial estate, to allot the same to any person(s) and to give sanctions, approval or authorisation of the construction over the same.”
It stated that Karachi, besides being one of the largest cities of the world with a population of more than 15 million, is a commercial hub and a revenue-generating unit of the country. The increase in population has also resulted in the expansion of the city, it maintained.
This yield of economic activity and expansion of the city has raised the value of the city’s land to unprecedented heights. Besides immense commercial, economic and business significance, the city’s public places also have great social, cultural and political importance, which led to grabbing, encroachment and occupation of land by land mafia, the petition said.
Grabbed land: The petition stated that there are more than 128 public places being allegedly grabbed, including Shah Faisal Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town, Gadap Town, Jamshed Town, Malir Town, Site Town and Orangi Town.
The list also includes land and places located in Kimari. According to the list, around 35 such places, parks and amenity plots were occupied to convert them into residential/commercial plots in the last four years, including North Nazimabad Town, Baldia Town, Site Town, Orangi Town, New Karachi Town, Gulberg Town and Gadap Town, the petition added.
Cowasjee articles about MQM's encroachments of hundreds of acres of public parks/amenity plots and play grounds all around Karachi,where MQMized unit terrorists demarcated plots and distributed them among the families of those notorious MQMized terrorists that were wiped out during operation clean up.These articles by Cowasjee also mention about 175 MQM’s unit/sector offices(terror cells) illegally built inside public parks .
‘I Own Karachi’ — and can sell it! (Part 1) By Ardeshir Cowasjee , Sunday, 22 Feb, 2009
‘I own Karachi’ … and can sell it! – (part 2) By Ardeshir Cowasjee , Sunday, 17 May, 2009
Public Parks/play grounds illegally encroached by MQMized criminals.
MQM Altaf leads in land grabbing contest(also includes list of ’some’ of 175 illegally encroached MQM unit offices built inside parks)
The Take Over of Karachi City Parks By The Land Mafia aka terror gang MQM
MQM the real Land Mafia
Illegal Encroachments of MQM ALtaf
Encroachments by terrorists from MQM Altaf
MQM's illegal encroachments in North Nazimabadhttp://mqmexposed.blogspot.com/2008/09/mqm-landmafia.html
MQM's illegal encroachments in North Nazimabad -UPDATE 2
The Take Over of Karachi City Parks By "The Land Mafia" aka terror gang MQM Altaf
Gutter Baghicha - A Looted Park in Karachi - Movie Part 1
Gutter Baghicha - A Looted Park in Karachi - Movie Part 2
Gutter Baghicha Paradise Looted- Extended Version - Shehri