KARACHI (TLTP): The Supreme Court on Monday ordered removal of all advertising billboards from all over the port city.
An apex court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, heard a case pertaining to illegal installation of billboards on public and private properties as well as roads across the metropolis.
The hearing comes days after a video clip went viral showing two motorcyclists hit and injured by a billboard during heavy rainfall in the city.
During Monday’s hearing, the Chief Justice took the commissioner to task over mushrooming of billboards across the city. Billboards have been put up everywhere in the city, he remarked. “See buildings on Shahrah-e-Faisal, there are unending advertisements,” he said, wondering how people will be living in these buildings.
The commissioner said that people have been exploiting public properties in the city and claimed there is a mafia behind all this.
The bench directed Shalwani to take action against all those behind installation of billboards in violation of laws.
Chief Justice Gulzar said it is up to the government to ensure implementation of building plans and lamented that there is no such thing as government and law in the province. He slammed the Sindh government and local bodies for what he described as “enmity” against Karachi over various instances of misgovernance.
“The Sindh government has an enmity with this city, as do the local bodies,” remarked the CJP.
The CJP remarked that if Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar claims that he does not have the powers to work, “he should go home”.
He also asked the mayor when his tenure would be ending.
The mayor responded saying his tenure was ending on August 28, to which the CJP said he should “go” so the city can “be rid of him”.
“Everyone is ruining Karachi,” observed Justice Gulzar. He added that it seems everyone was a “mafia” in the city.
The CJP then turned his ire towards the city’s power supply company. He said that, every day, “ten to eight” people were being “electrocuted” in the city.
“K-Electric has earned in the billions. K-Electric directors should be arrested and sent to jail,” remarked the CJP. He added that the power supply company has “used” Karachi to pay off its foreign loans.
The CJP also remarked that a case should be registered against the K-Electric chief executive officer and all the management of the company should be placed on the Exit Control List. The CJP said that the court would issue written orders regarding the matter.