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KMC takes over Karachi’s Askari Park from army

Karachi’s Askari Park
The Karachi Metropolitan Company (KMC) on Thursday took over the 38-acre Askari Park, greater than a month after instructions of the Supreme Court docket to army authorities handy over the possession of the park to the civic company.

The highest courtroom had on Dec 27, 2021, directed the military-run administration handy over the park to the KMC in two weeks.

Speaking to Daybreak.com, KMC administrator’s spokesperson Sikander Baloch mentioned possession of the park was formally taken throughout a gathering of KMC Director Common Parks Junaid Khan and Senior Director Property Imtiaz Ali Abro with army officers on the park.

The park was constructed on land vacated after the shifting of the town’s in style “Outdated Sabzi Mandi” to Superhighway (now Motorway-9) in the course of the period of former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

Through the listening to of the case in December, a Corps V consultant had informed the courtroom that the park was given to army authorities on a 99-year lease.

In response, the then chief justice, Gulzar Ahmed, had remarked that the land was handed over to army authorities to develop it as a park, however it was getting used for industrial functions.

The courtroom had additionally requested the civic company to close all industrial actions on the park, take away buildings and open it to the general public.

Beforehand, an applicant had submitted a petition to the courtroom, contending that the land of the park belonged to the KMC and an settlement for the adoption of such land was made between the then metropolis district authorities and the army authorities in 2005 for growth and upkeep of the park.

Nevertheless, the applicant mentioned wedding ceremony halls and different industrial actions have been being carried out on the premises of the park.