Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday issued notices to Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division, Capital Development Authority and other respondents in a petition seeking formation of a commission for inspection of public and private buildings in Islamabad after recent earthquake.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing of the petition and issued notices to the respondents directing them to submit report and para-wise comments within fortnight in this matter.

The court issued these directions in a petition moved by Sardar Anzar Iqbal Khan through his counsel Barrister Afzal Hussain. In his petition, he nominated federation of Pakistan through secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Capital Development Authority (CDA), Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as respondents.

He sought from the court to direct the government to form a commission for the inspection of public and private buildings to determine that, to what extent any building has been damaged by the recent earthquake of October 26.

The petitioner adopted before the court that a massive earthquake of 8.1 magnitude on October 26, 2015 rocked the whole country followed by seven aftershocks.

Therefore, in view of the recent earthquake and its continuous aftershocks, it is evident that numerous public/private sector buildings have become highly dangerous for its inhabitants.

He stated before the court that it is duty of the incumbent government to take safety measures for the well-being of its citizens.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to direct the government for the constitution/formation of a high-powered commission comprising state officials to immediately inquire/inspect/verify the structural conditions of the public and private sector high-rise buildings including residential, commercial, hotels, hospitals, offices, schools, colleges and universities located in Islamabad Capital Territory.

He further requested that the commission may be mandated to take necessary steps to protect the life and property of citizens and no building at all should be open for public/private use unless declared safe by the commission.

After issuing the abovementioned directions, the court deferred the proceedings and the petition will be fixed for hearing again after two weeks.