The Hindu Welfare Organisation (HWO) approached the court, seeking handing over of the Hindu Gymkhana to their community.
The HWO’s counsel Noor Muhammad Dayo submitted that the building was established for the promotion of social and religious activities of the Hindu community, but the government took it over as an evacuee trust property.
He stated that the building was declared a heritage site, but the Sindh Culture Department leased it for 30 years to National Academy of Performing Arts, which in violation of the lease agreement started constructing an auditorium adjacent to the building. Previously, NAPA office-bearers contended that the construction was lawful, as Karachi Building Control Authority duly approved building plan. But, KBCA withdrew its permission on December 29, 2009 at the behest of the Sindh government without issuing any show cause notice despite the fact that the auditorium did not touch the heritage site.
On Wednesday, the additional advocate general drew the attention of the court towards the SRO 383 dated August 8, 1959, according to which all evacuee properties in the former federal capital other than agricultural lands were acquired by the then central government.
Missing person : An SHC division bench comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Tufail H Ebrahim directed the attorney general-1 to ensure the production of missing civilian employee of Signal Centre, Army Malir Headquarter, Karachi, on June 1, 2010 with the record and charges against him.
Petitioner Amina had approached the SHC seeking the whereabouts of her husband Muhammad Azhar, who worked as a civilian communications supervisor at the Signal Battalion-84, Malir Headquarters, Karachi.
Her counsel submitted that the petitioner’s husband went to workplace on May 12, 2010, but did not return. The petitioner approached the headquarters, which informed her that her husband was handed over to the custody of Wing Field Security-901.
Later, they informed her that he was handed over to the Signal Battalion-84, where officials told her that her husband was taken into custody for inquiry into previous cases. ppi