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Islamabad (October 16, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Bani Gala residence will be the first to be regularised.

The chief justice’s remarks came as he headed a bench of the Supreme Court hearing a case regarding encroachments and environmental degradation in Bani Gala.

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The bench directed that a committee with special powers be formed under the chairmanship of the interior secretary to ensure the regularisation of properties in Bani Gala.

The committee will include the Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman and secretaries of the ministries of housing, local government and climate change and will submit its report in 10 days.

As the hearing went underway, the additional attorney general informed the bench, “The fourth part in the report pertains to contamination in Rawal Lake and sewerage from 50 union councils and 59 housing societies is dumped there.”To this, the chief justice remarked, “We want to see the performance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) members. They are the ones who filed a petition regarding this issue and now that they are in power, we want to see what they do.”

Justice Nisar then turned to PM Imran’s counsel Babar Awan and asked, “What steps did you people take in the last 50 days?”

Awan responded that “Shaheryar Afridi is looking over the matter these days”.

The chief justice then remarked, “PM Imran’s house will be the first to be regularised and this should not be taken as a political statement.”Stating that the premier is a petitioner in the case, Justice Nisar said, “PM Imran should be the first to pay penalty.”

“After people know that the prime minister has paid penalty, then they will be asked to regularise their properties,” he added.

The hearing of the case was then adjourned till October 29.

Earlier on October 01, Supreme Court ordered prime minister to pay regularization fee in Bani Gala Encroachment case.

The court also ordered for the removal of encroachment alongside Korang Nullah in light of Survey of Pakistan’s report.

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CJP Justice Saqib Nisar said problems like encroachment, security and others are there in bani gala.
Now new government has to resolve these issues, CJP remarked.

CJP asked from Prime Minister’s counsel Babar Awan are you ready to regularize the property, on which Awan replied the matter is in the cabinet will update the apex court in this matter.Earlier on August 06, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar accepted Survey of Pakistan’s request to grant additional time to complete a survey ordered in the Bani Gala encroachment case.

As the hearing went underway, Deputy Surveyor General Noor Illahi apprised the court that 4.5 kilometres of the covering drain had been surveyed, however, 17.5 kilometres of the area was still pending.

Illahi requested the apex court to grant an additional 45-days’ time to complete the survey. Accepting the request, the court ordered the survey to be completed within the stipulated time. “The survey of covering drain and federal capital is extremely important but the court will not grant any more time than it already has to complete the task,” the chief justice noted.

The additional attorney general then apprised the court that survey of the Gun Club was also yet to be completed. “It would be advisable if the surveyor general is summoned,” they said.

Noting that any delay in the implementation of the court’s order will not be tolerated, said CJP.

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