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December 7, 2017

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Verdict reserved in construction of multi-storey police centre case

Verdict reserved in construction of multi-storey police centre case

LAHORE: Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi of Lahore High Court on Wednesday reserved the verdict on a petition challenging the construction of a multi-storey police investigation centre in old Anarkali area.
Residents of Anarkali, including Khurshid Alam, Mehboob Munawar and others filed a petition challenging the construction of the investigation complex. Petitioners' counsel said that after construction of such a sensitive centre, it would put the lives of the locals in danger. He said that in recent past terrorists attacked building of law enforcement agencies resulting into loss of life and property of citizens. He said the life of the residents of this area was already miserable due to extraordinary security measures taken for the nearby office of IG and now construction of a multi-storey CIA complex would obviously entail similar security arrangements and the life of the residents will become a living hell.
He said the land taken for this construction was previously used for single-storey residences of police officers. He requested to stop the authorities from raising construction of the investigation complex keeping in view that the area was purely residential having residences and schools and the same will put lives of residents at peril and jeopardise the safe and security of whole area.
On behalf of the inspector general of police Punjab a report was submitted but the court declined to accept it and had directed an assistant advocate general to furnish complete record of the approval, if any, or admit that the police had the privilege to erect its complexes without any permission anywhere in the country.
The judge after conclusion of arguments reserved the judgment.

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