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Demolition Of Nasla Tower Starts After CJ Expresses Anger On Karachi Commissioner

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed expressed anger on the Karachi commissioner after submission of the demolition report on the Nasla Tower in Karachi.

The chief justice was heading the court proceedings on Nasla Tower’s demolition case at the Karachi registry of the Supreme Court Wednesday.

The commissioner informed the court that authorities have started the operation to demolish Nasla Tower.

“Do not lie,” the CJP responded angrily. “Sir, please listen to me,” the Karachi commissioner started.

“Are you in your home right now? Is this the way to speak in court?” asked Justice Qazi Amin. “Do not try to act smart,” he warned the commissioner.

“Sir, I am trying to demolish the building,” responded the commissioner.The CJP then asked the advocate-general what grade the Karachi commissioner falls under.

“He is a grade-21 officer,” responded the advocate-general.”Is this the way a grade-21 officer speaks in court?” asked CJP Ahmed.

“Sir, I am trying to make you understand,” stated the commissioner.

“Stop trying. You will go straight to jail from here,” the CJP warned. “We are understanding [the situation] but you aren’t. You are only passing the time,” he said.

The chief justice then remarked that authorities have not even brought down the Tijori Heights building.

“The demolition process of Tijori Heights is underway,” responded the commissioner.

“If the operation is underway, submit a report on it by afternoon, with pictures [as evidence],” replied the chief justice.
Nasla Tower demolition will be speeded up, says Karachi Commissioner

Shortly after the hearing of the case concluded, Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memon arrived at the Nasla Tower to oversee the demolition work.

Iqbal arrived at the location with several other officers and Assistant Commissioner Revenue and DC East.

“Nasla Tower’s demolition work had begun,” said the commissioner. “It had been halted as precautionary measures were not being taken,” he said, adding that the apex court had issued orders to ensure lives were not lost in the demolition process.

He revealed that the 10th floor of the Nasla Tower had been demolished while work was underway on the 11th floor. “The Supreme Court has directed me to speed up the demolition process. It will be done,” he said.

Memon said that the demolition of the tower, from the inside of the building, is underway. “The process to demolish the tower from the outside will begin during the evening,” he added.

He said Nasla Tower will be brought down in the “traditional way”, through the use of machines and labourers, adding that he was previously confused whether the building should be brought down via controlled blast or not.
Demolition work on Nasla Tower stopped due to safety concerns