ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan seems to be the only power standing between a football ground – already a rare scene in metropolis – and construction of a super store.
According to the PakistanTribe‘s court correspondent, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja of the Supreme Court (SC) issued notices to Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC), Army Welfare Trust (AWT) and representative of the super store in ‘Contempt of Court’.
The story started in 2009 when KMC leased the premier 6 acre land – a football ground – in lieu of Rs 36,720/- only. The leased was given to AWT who took an advance of Rs 100 million and rented out the land in lieu of Rs 20 million per year.
Although SC gave verdict in 2009 that the land in question was not owned by city government, however, the parties involved contonued the occupation of the land. In May 2013 SC dismissed the plea to revive its 2009 decision even then the parties involved continued the occupation of the land.
Finally on Wednesday, Justice Khawaja issued the contempt of court notices to all three parties. In his remarks, Justice Khawaja said “The land was not the property of city government. There was a time when faujis were given any piece of land. It was when one of the fauji was the President. That time is long gone now and law must prevail.”
He also said that its the duty of SC to protect the public property.
Not to forget that Karachi – the largest metropolitan city – already facing scarcity of play grounds and fields. After the Azad Foundation’s sponsored street children won the ‘Street Children Football World Cup’ in Brazil, almost all government officials including Governor Sindh and Chief Minister Sindh announced to build the football playing facility in the city. But here is one existing playground being illegally occupied.