Karachi: According to recent updates, On Thursday, an anti-encroachment tribunal restrained the provincial and local authorities from the annihilation of the houses built over the leased land during the ongoing anti-encroachment operation beside the Gujjar Nullah.

The governing officer of the board, Shakil Ahmed Abbasi, directed the deputy commissioner Central and KMC director and other respondents to submit their comments by April 8 on the suits filed against them by the neighborhood residents around the Gujjar Nullah.

Under sections 13 and 14 of the Sindh Public Property (Removal of Encroachment) Act, before the tribunal, around 50 residents filed suits against the officers of the provincial government and the city administrations.

Through their attorney Khawaja Altaf, the affectees submitted that they had built houses in block 5, 18, 19 and other areas of Kausar Niazi Colony after obtaining proper leases from the authorities.

They contended that they had built their houses after fulfilling all the legal formalities as the Sindh Katchi Abadis Authority and the KMC had granted them 99-year leases in respect of the plots in question between the 1970s and 2002.

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