Friday November 26, 2021

Builders Protest Against Demolition Of Nasla Tower

KARACHI: Protests by builders erupted on Friday on Shahrah-e-Faisal following orders by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed to demolish Nasla Tower within a week.

A protest call was given a day ago by Association of Builders And Developers (ABAD) Chairman Mohsin Shaikhani.

The protesters, who had gathered in large numbers in the afternoon hours, attempted to stop the demolition work. As a result, the flow of traffic was severely affected on the road considered to be the city’s main artery.

Contingents of police and Rangers were deployed to the site of the protest to disperse the demonstrators. They baton-charged the crowd and used tear gas shells in an attempt to dissuade it from resorting to violence.

According to traffic police, the track from Shahrah-e-Faisal to Shahrah-e-Qaideen became completely choked. Later on in the evening, the track was cleared of protesters and the flow of traffic resumed.

District administration, anti-encroachment staff, Rangers and police personnel are currently present on the spot to continue monitoring the situation and to maintain law and order.

Earlier in the day the chief justice directed Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memon to ensure the Nasla Tower building is razed to the ground within a week.

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