Makli graveyard encroachment case: SHC summons Mukhtiarkar ThattaMarch 8, 2016
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday summoned Mukhtiarkar of district Thatta on the contempt application filed against him for not complying up the court’s direction regarding the removal of encroachments from the premises of historical Makli graveyard.
The SHC bench headed by Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi was hearing the contempt application filed against deputy commissioner and Mukhtiarkar of Thatta as they have failed to remove the illegal occupations made in the historic graveyard of Makli.
Earlier in August 2015, the SHC directed Mukhtiarkar Thatta to remove encroachment from the graveyard within 15 days and submit a report in this regard but no record has been filed yet. The court summoned Mukhtiarkar along with compliance report on 30th March 2016.
The petitioner Ali Mohammad Shah, who is also a Gaddi-Nasheen of Syed Jaan Mohammad Shah Syed Haji Roshan Shah Shrines, submitted that the national heritage has been encroached but no action has been taken against the land grabbers. He alleged that official respondents are protecting the encroachers.
The Makli graveyard has its historical importance as it is a precious national heritage and preserved under Sindh Culture Heritage (Preservation) Act, 1994.