Defense Secretary faces Supreme Court’s rage over industrial use of cantonment land

Defense Secretary faces Supreme Court’s rage over industrial use of cantonment land

CJP Gulzar Ahmed was assured by Defense Secretary retired Lt Gen Mian Hilal Hussain that industrial utilization of cantonment land will now not be permitted

By Web Desk

November 26, 2021

— screengrab via Hum News Live
— screengrab by way of Hum News Live

The Secretary of Defense, retired Lt Gen Mian Hilal Hussain, assured an enraged Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed earlier than a Supreme Court bench that using cantonment land for industrial functions won’t be allowed sooner or later.

A case involving the conversion of cantonment land for personal and industrial use has been heard by the three-member Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice Gulzar on Friday.

The chief justice had ordered the defence secretary to seem within the court docket a day earlier to handle questions in regards to the case.

When requested to submit the written report on army lands that had been remodeled for personal or industrial use, the Defense Secretary requested time from the court docket.

“You were given land, but what are you doing with it?”

The protection secretary was questioned by Justice Gulzar.

“This land was given to you for defense and strategic purposes. You, on the other hand, are using it for commercial purposes,” he stated.

The chief justice stated, “You have constructed wedding halls, cinemas, and housing societies on it.”

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In response, the official assured, “we have resolved not to allow this to happen in the future.”

Justice Qazi Amin chastised the secretary at this level.

“What exactly do you mean by that?

Every [commercial] activity [now taking place] on cantonment territory will have to come to a halt as well,” he added.

“How can you know anything about what’s going on here [in Karachi] if you’re sitting in Islamabad?” the highest justice requested.

“Go to all the cantonment areas and inform them that the land will only be used for strategic and defense purposes from now on,” he stated.

“The Masroor and Kaemari bases have been transformed into commercial [property],” the chief justice remarked.

“When we told the authorities to take down the signboards, they built tall structures behind them,” he famous.

The chief justice requested for a written assertion after listening to the protection secretary and deferred the matter to Tuesday, November 30.

The case will subsequent be heard in Islamabad.