Karachi: According to news reports, the Supreme Court of Pakistan Karachi Registry ordered the provincial government to pay the Orangi and Gujjar Nullah anti-encroachment drive’s victims on Tuesday (September 21). The Supreme Court asked the parties involved to move quickly to remedy the situation and minimise inconvenience.

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According to reports, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the Sindh government to speed up the process of awarding substitute plots to the 6,000 people affected by the operation. The Sindh government informed the Supreme Court that it had already secured land for the project and that construction of 6,500 houses will begin soon.

Sindh Advocate General Salman Talibuddin claimed that the illegal allocation of plots to persons living beside storm drains was a 40-year-old issue. The bench also removed a stay on an anti-encroachment campaign along city storm drains, instructing officials to complete the job as quickly as possible and before the monsoon season begins.

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Following a devastating urban flood in which many lives and homes were lost due to the clogging of the rivers, the anti-encroachment operation with Gujjar and Orangi Nullah began in 2020. The operation was initiated by the Sindh government, and according to reports presented to the court by the authorities, 98 percent of the mission has been done.

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