islamabad - The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought report from Capital Development Authority (CDA) pertaining to shifting of offices of six foreign missions to Diplomatic Enclave, besides directing the counsel of CDA and the petitioner to point out how so many violations have been made in the residential areas of the federal capital.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja heard a suo moto case regarding blockades and encroachments made in the name of security in residential areas of Islamabad. The court also directed the CDA counsel to put on its website details pertaining to the offices established in residential areas of the federal capital by PML-N, PTI, IG, Islamabad and IG motorway police, blocking the streets so that the public could also know about the violations made by them. Hafiz SA Rehman, counsel for CDA, while appearing before the court sought time from the court stating that the staff of the Foreign Office and Chief of Protocol were busy in arrangement of Pakistan Day parade for March 23 wherein foreign dignitaries are coming to attend the event; hence they could not be contacted on the instant matter and the blockade was not yet removed. The court directed the counsel for CDA to submit a comprehensive report as to when the offices of foreign missions will be shifted to the Diplomatic Enclave.

Justice Jawwad during the course of the hearing observed that the civic authority has allocated Diplomatic Enclave for the offices of foreign missions then why the foreign embassies were not shifting their offices to Diplomatic Enclave.

The court directed the CDA counsel to submit a report within a week as to when the foreign mission’s offices will be shifted to Diplomatic Enclave.

During the hearing, Ali Raza, counsel for the petitioner, informed the court that Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), IG Islamabad and IG Motorway have established their offices in the residential areas of the federal capital, blocking the streets. He contended that the authorities while making discrimination has removed the private offices and restaurants but did not touch the offices established by the PTI, PML-N, IG Islamabad and IG motorway.

He further said that it was pointed out some time that there was numerous offices established in the residential areas of the capital and despite of notices, they had received these offices still continued functional violating the rules, set by the CDA. Justice Khawaja observed that that the officers of law-enforcing agencies should not violate the law.

The court noted that on the last day of hearing, it had directed the CDA to furnish a report stating about the blockade of roads in the federal capital.  The CDA then submitted a report stating that over 80 blockades have been removed; however, 13 pertaining to churches, schools and Imambargahs were not yet removed as they had some security threats that’s why blockades around these places could not be removed due to security reasons.

Justice Jawwad observed that the civic authority should ensure security around the churches, imambargahs and schools etc. The CDA counsel also informed the court that a complaint cell for registering complaints regarding commercial activities in the residential areas has been functional since March 15 and it has received 9 complaints so far.

The court adjourned the hearing till first week of April.