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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit a detailed reply regarding payment of compensations to the affectees of various CDA sectors.

A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the directions, while hearing the petitions of the affectees of various sectors of the federal capital.

During the hearing, Justice Minallah remarked that incidents of crime and land grabbing had been increasing, while the affectees were waiting for their right.

He said even a single plot would not be allotted to anyone till the payment of compensation to the last affected person was paid.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on CDA Affairs Ali Nawaz Awan was also present in the court in this case.

He told the bench that the affectees were being invited in every meeting pertaining to the matter.

He said that they were trying to resolve the issue of plots of 1,300 affectees.

He said that now the balloting was being conducted through the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Justice Minallah remarked that there was a conflict of interest in the affairs of the CDA.

He added that if the affected person approached any officer for solution of their issue, the official concerned was also found involved in it. After this, the court deferred hearing of the case till September 18 for further proceedings.

Meanwhile, the same bench of the IHC also suspended a notification issued by the AGPR to halt the pension of former director general Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Memon, and directed the AGPR to submit report after reviewing the matter.

During the proceedings, Justice Minallah asked from the representative of the AGPR that under what law the pension of someone could be stopped.

The AGPR's counsel pleaded that Bashir Memon had resigned from his post.

Then the court asked that if there was any ban on tendering resignation.

Justice Minallah said that his resignation was accepted, documents were completed then what was the reason to stop his pension.

The chief justice questioned that why the pension of the former director general FIA was stopped, when the AGPR had prepared relevant documents.

He also asked that whether the department had stopped the pension of any other

such senior officer in the past.

The AGPR lawyer said that the pension was stopped under Section 465 B(1).

At this the bench observed that this law was not applicable on the petitioner.

After this, the court directed the AGPR to review its decision, and adjourned the case for 10 days.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020

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