IHC orders CDA to stop operation against affectees’ houses

ISLAMABAD (APP): Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered Capital Development Authority (CDA) to stop its operation for demolishing houses in village ‘bhekan syedan’ until payment of compensations to the affectees.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing on a petition filed by affectees of the village against CDA’s operation.

The petitioner’s lawyer adopted the stance that the CDA had served notices to his clients for house demolishing without paying compensation of the land.

The CDA’s lawyer said that the claims of affectees for baseless, adding that there were illegal occupiers instead of affectees. The chief justice remarked that CDA had been mistreating the affectees for last fifty years.

The civic body didn’t pay the compensations after acquiring lands which led opening the door of corruption, Justice Minallah said.

The court ordered the CDA to stop its operation and shift the case to court No.4 of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb who was hearing the identical cases.

Meanwhile, the same bench of Islamabad High Court ordered to make the alleged occupants of land in area of ‘panjgran’ as respondents in case against illegal possession on government land.

The petitioner’s lawyer said that influential people were grabbing government land in panjgran village and prayed the court to issue directives to CDA to take action against it.

The court noted that the petitioner had not named the land grabbers and ordered him to make him as respondents in the case.

IHC seeks foreign office stance on falcons’ export: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed Foreign Office to submit its comments in a case against the export of rare falcon species to Arab countries.

The court directed the foreign office to satisfy the bench that whether it had granted permission for falcons’ export under the law and after taking approval from the cabinet.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing on a petition filed by a citizen Dr. Anees ur Rehman.

During the course of proceeding, the chief justice remarked that there was import and export policy in the country and no one was above the law. It required permission of ministry of Commerce, he said.

The lawyer of foreign office requested the court to grant some time so that he could apprise the bench about his stance after taking instructions from his client.

Earlier, on the query of the court, the deputy chief protocol adopted the stance that some species had been exported and some remaining.

He said that they had to get directions from secretary foreign office and prayed the court to grant time in this regard.

Meanwhile, a ten-year old petitioner Ahmad Hassan appeared before the court and said that the hunting of falcon and other animals should be banned.

The court allowed the boy to file a case seeking to ban falcon’s export and granted foreign office time till January 13, to submit its reply.