IHC orders reopening of Abpara Road within one week

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday ordered the Defence Ministry and Capital Development Authority (CDA) to reopen the road being barricaded near the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Abpara within one week.
IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was hearing case pertaining to encroachments in Islamabad. During hearing, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui remarked that all state institutions including Army must respect law. Joint Secretary of Defence Ministry Muhammad Younus was also present in the courtroom.
Representatives from the defence ministry informed the court that the said road was blocked and included, along with green belt measuring about 40 kanals, in the premises of the ISI headquarters due to security reasons.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui observed in his written order that if required, the agency should take security measures within the limits of its premises and not on public space.
“Therefore, it is in the interest and prestige of the institution of the army that encroachment be removed immediately, but not later than one week i.e. 29-06-2018,” the court order read, adding it would harm the institution’s reputation if the court order is executed by the CDA enforcement staff.
The court also observed that there was no permission from the CDA for blocking the road and that this blockade was also against the city’s plan.


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