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Protection secretary earns Supreme Courtroom’s ire over industrial use of cantonment land

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed
“We have now determined to not permit use of cantonment land for industrial makes use of sooner or later,” the Secretary of Protection, retired Lt Gen Mian Hilal Hussain, summoned earlier than a three-member Supreme Courtroom bench, assured an irate Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Friday.

The apex courtroom bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar, has been listening to a case associated to the conversion of cantonment land for personal and industrial use.

A day earlier, the chief justice had ordered the protection secretary to seem earlier than the courtroom to reply questions associated to the case.

When requested to submit a written report on army lands that had been transformed for personal or industrial use, the protection secretary requested the courtroom for a while to take action.

“You got land, however what are you utilizing it for?” Justice Gulzar requested the protection secretary.

“This land was offered to you for strategic and protection functions. You, however, are utilizing it for industrial ventures,” he famous.

“You may have constructed marriage ceremony halls, cinemas and housing societies on it,” added the chief justice.

“We have now determined to not let this occur sooner or later,” the official assured in response.

At this, the secretary was scolded by Justice Qazi Amin.

“What do you imply [by that]? Each [commercial] exercise [already occurring] on cantonment land may also want to finish,” he added.

“You are sitting in Islamabad, how will you know something about what is going on right here [in Karachi]?” questioned the chief justice.

“Go go to all of the cantonment areas and notify them that the land will henceforth solely be used for strategic and protection functions,” he ordered.

“The Masroor and Kaemari bases have been transformed into industrial [land],” remarked the chief justice.

“Once we instructed the [authorities] to take down signboards, they as an alternative erected tall buildings behind them,” he stated.

After listening to the protection secretary, the chief justice sought a written assertion and adjourned proceedings of the case until Tuesday, November 30.

The case will subsequent be heard in Islamabad.