Islamabad: According to news reports, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday (August 10) stopped the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from razing the city’s “Katchi Abadis.”

Justice Athar Minallah, Chief Justice of the IHC, presided over a single bench that ordered CDA to produce a report on the subject. Because of the questions presented in the petition that necessitated the hearing, the justice also issued notifications to the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP).

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In addition, the court has nominated amici curiae Omer Ijaz Gillani, Abid Hassan Minto Advocate, Vice Chairman Islamabad Bar Council, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council, and Abid Saqi Advocate to help in this case.

The petitioner, Raja Sohail, is a Katchi Abadi resident who claims that orders to vacate were only delivered to a few persons. In this regard, the counsel stated that the residents of Abadi were treated differently from the privileged classes as a result of the state’s assets being distributed unfairly. It was revealed that these classes were given state land at a lower price than the market price.

Furthermore, the court ordered the Director General (DG) and Chairman CDA of the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority to present a complete report explaining why working-class residents in Katchi Abadi were not eligible for the allotment.

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For decades, the secretary of housing and works has been obligated to produce a report on the federal government’s policy on the rights of working people living in the Katchi Abadis. The hearing has been postponed until August 25, and the court has instructed CDA not to demolish Katchi Abadis in the meanwhile.

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