SC chides Karachi commissioner | Pre-demolition work begins at Nasla Tower

SC chides Karachi commissioner  | Pre-demolition work begins at Nasla Tower

Staff Report

KARACHI: Pre-demolition work at Nesla Tower began on Wednesday after the Supreme Court warned Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Memon of arrest in contempt over his failure to ensure implementation on court orders, seeking demolition of high-rise building.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed, while hearing a number of cases on Karachi’s civic issues, instructed the commissioner to use all heavy equipment and machinery available at his disposal and “immediately demolish” Nasla Tower and Tejori Heights. He also ordered that a report be submitted in the court later in the day.
At the outset of the hearing, the chief justice inquired whether the demolition order had been carried out or not. To this, Memon said that he needed “guidance” from the court and wanted to say something.
“Did you demolish the building or not?” the chief justice questioned in a straight forward manner as he grilled the commissioner and warned that he could be sent to jail over contempt of court.
“Do you know where you are standing?” Justice Ahmed remarked while addressing the commissioner.
“You are constantly committing contempt of court. Is he worthy of being called a commissioner? He is a grade 18 officer who is saying such things here.”
Following the court’s admonition, pre-demolition work, which included removing of the panels and windows began at the Tesla Tower. Heavy equipment and machinery were deployed at the site, according to the Karachi Commissioner.
Memon explained that the high rise’s demolition had begun earlier but was paused due to a lack of safety measures.