KARACHI - Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Monday asked the law department to play an effective role in the disposal of cases in the favour of KMC so that illegal activities like encroachments, land grabbing and food adulteration could be stopped in the city.

He was presiding over a meeting held here at his office to discuss the issues of law department.

The meeting was attended by Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Arif Khan Advocate, Land Committee Chairman Syed Arshad Hasan, City Council parliamentary leader Aslam Shah Afridi, members of the legal committee, law adviser Saeed Akhtar, penal advocates and prosecutors of the law department, Director Technical SM Shukaib, director finance Mehmood Baig and other officers.

The mayor asked the lawyers to take pending cases in courts seriously.

Taking notice of the absence of KMC lawyers in courts, the mayor said such non-professional attitude would not be tolerated anymore, and those lawyers not mending their ways would be detached from their cases.

He, on the occasion, also enquired about the cases handed over to penal advocates and prosecutors on behalf of the KMC and directed that the legal committee should regularly be updated on pending cases so that it could decide these cases in a befitting manner.

He also made it clear that no one would be paid remuneration if he did not perform his duties honestly, and furthermore, all such officials would be removed immediately.

He said the suggestions and recommendations of legal committee of the city council would be implemented for the betterment of the department.

Chairman of the legal committee Arif Khan Advocate said members of the committee had worked hard for shifting the law department to its new premises and now its affairs were monitored in the light of rules and regulations in order to bring further improvement in its performance.

Star Gate to Quaidabad road to be completed next

month: Mayor

Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar has said that the seven-km road from the Star Gate to Quaidabad would be completed by the end of December.

“Work on this road was delayed due to KW&SB’s sewerage line and railway project,” he said, and added, “The chief minister is requested to give early approval of revised estimates of the development works carried out here so that citizens could be facilitated with the completion of this project.”

Talking to media representatives during the inspection of development works at Malir Halt along with the chairman of District Korangi Syed Nayyar Raza, Vice Chairman Syed Ahmer Ali, Director General works Shahab Anwer and other officers, he said the traffic passing through this corridor faced great deal of trouble due to delay in the construction of this road. “Now we hope that all these problems of citizens would be solved soon,” he added.

He said the project had an estimated cost of Rs37million, which also included the construction of a pavement and laying of sewerage lines.