KARACHI - The Supreme Court while issuing an interim order on the Karachi law and order implementation case on Tuesday said that transactions relating to transfer of State land in the absence of record had encouraged the menace of land-grabbing, a basic cause of the poor law and order situation in the City.
In an interim order issued here, the Supreme Court’s five-member bench hearing a case for the implementation of the apex court’s earlier order in a suo motu case related to the law and order situation in Karachi directed Director General and other officials of Pakistan Rangers to submit more comprehensive report about raids conducted by the Rangers in terms of the earlier order passed by this court on November 26, 2012.
The bench was headed by Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali with Justices Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Khilji Arif Hussain, Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Athar Saeed as members.
The order, which constitutes 10 pages, states that Chief Secretary under his supervision shall ensure that completion of process of reconstruction of the revenue record in the entire Sindh in terms of directives of the Sindh High Court within three months from Tuesday.
The bench in interim order also stated that Chief Secretary Sindh to place on record the detailed list of persons and complete details of the lands converted from 30 years to 99 years lease in the Sindh province after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and explaining the procedure adopted by the revenue officials for this purpose.
Bench ordered:“He shall also furnish list of entries kept in the record of rights after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto till date in different districts of the Sindh certifying that no other mutation other than mentioned in the proposed list has been effected, which after the examination by the court, if necessary, could be referred to NAB authorities for inquiry in order to satisfy whether government has suffered losses and or whether revenue authorities may also be floated to the concerned quarters to overcome this difficulty”.
Bench observed that revenue record, in law was required to be constructed within three years but despite lapse of more than five years it has not been done.
SC order further states that Board of revenue abusing its authority, has allowed transactions relating to transfer of State land, which prima-facie, must have caused huge financial loss to the exchequer, particularly, in the absence of reconstruction of record and encouraged the menace of land-grabbing, one basic cause of the poor law and order situation.
Bench directed the Deputy Commissioners and District Coordination Officers of Sindh to ensure that immediately the entire revenue record of all the districts is kept in the custody of Mukhtiakars in terms of the directives passed by the Sindh High Court and shall not be removed from the office of the Mukhtiarkhars to any other place.
Bench in order observed that Abdul Fatah Malik, Advocate General Sindh has assured that all such criminals, who have been illegally released on parole will be arrested and put behind the bars by revocation of their probation for which necessary summary has already been submitted to the Chief Minister Sindh.
Order states, Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan has assured that compliance of observation regarding delimitation of constituencies will be done in its letter and spirit within shortest possible time, after due procedure and taking on board all stakeholders, comprehensive report will be submitted for the perusal of this court.