Islamabad: On Thursday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the district administration to reopen Malot access routes that had been blocked by a private housing organisation.

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Hearing a petition by Malot residents, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah stated that the CDA and the district administration usually favoured powerful people at the expense of marginalised people.

Following the natural tragedy of Attabad Lake, a large number of other families came from Gilgit-Baltistan and settled in this area.

Chaudhry Mohammad Ashraf Gujjar, the petitioners’ lawyer, stated in court that his clients and other inhabitants of the region were utilising a CDA access road to get to the main roads. Park View Housing Society’s administration closed the entrance road once they began construction, he noted.

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According to the counsel, the private housing society intended to buy the petitioners’ land, so the management restricted residents’ access in order to exploit them and force them to sell their homes for pennies on the dollar.

He said that the housing society had not only encroached on the access road, but had also obstructed another route that Malot residents might use to get to the main Bahria Enclave.

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