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SC gives Murtaza Wahab second chance, withdraws removal order

The Supreme Court has ordered the removal of Karachi administrator Murtaza Wahab. According to details, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed lambasted the PPP leader for failing to fulfill his responsibilities. The Karachi administrator also came under fire for talking back to the Chief Justice.

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday retracted its order regarding the removal of Murtaza Wahab from the post of the Karachi administrator after the latter submitted an “unconditional apology” to the court.

Earlier, the SC ordered the removal of Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab from the post after a heated argument. The SC took the decision during the hearing of the Gutter Bagicha case.

According to details, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed lambasted the PPP leader for failing to fulfill his responsibilities. The Karachi administrator also came under fire for talking back to the Chief Justice.

As per reports, while being called out for the Gutter Bagicha case, reportedly said, “Should we leave? Should we leave the government? The open court passes great observations against the government.”

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His remarks did not sit well with the Chief Justice who immediately expressed his annoyance at Murtaza Wahab.

“Be quiet,” the Chief Justice said. “Don’t do politics here,” he further added while asking Murtaza Wahab to leave the courtroom.

“Murtaza Wahab is not competent to be Karachi administrator,” stated the Supreme Court.

Moreover, in sheer anger, the Chief Justice also told Murtaza Wahab to land-grab other beautiful parks in Karachi for example, Ibn-e-Qasim park, and Hill Park.

“Go and distribute the remaining parks in Karachi among your officers,” the Chief Justice hit out.

During the hearing, an angry Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed instructed the Sindh chief minister to appoint an “impartial and competent” person in place of Murtaza Wahab.

Gutter Bagicha case

To clarify, the issue of Gutter Bagicha began in 1993 when and NGO Shehri filed a case against KMC Officers Cooperative Housing Society (KMC OCHS) for illegally acquiring 200 acres of the once beautiful park for itself. Five other NGOs joined Shehri in the effort to save Gutter Baghicha.

The SC disposed off the in 2003. The city district government of Karachi (CDGK) promised to reach an understanding with citizens and NGOs. However, more parts of Gutter Bagheecha disappeared in the following two years as people surreptitiously took over its green space. In March 2020, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation announced that it retrieved 362 acres of government land from grabbers.

Last month, a three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed ordered the Karachi administrator to restore Gutter Bagicha to its original shape.

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