In a significant move aimed at reclaiming public spaces, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed authorities to clear all encroachments from public roads and pavements across the country within a strict timeframe of three days.

The written order, issued two days after the initial directive to the Sindh government, underscores the urgency of addressing this issue. The directive to remove barricades outside various buildings, including the Sindh Rangers headquarters, Chief Minister House, and Governor House, was part of the broader initiative to tackle encroachments obstructing public thoroughfares.

The three-member bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, emphasized the importance of restoring public spaces to the citizens. The written order, issued on Saturday, underscores the court’s firm stance on this matter.

Following the court’s directives, the Sindh government promptly took action to remove barricades outside the CM House, demonstrating a commitment to comply with the court’s orders.

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The apex court’s order highlights the pervasive issue of encroachments on public roads and pavements, often perpetrated by individuals or entities funded from the public exchequer. By issuing this directive, the court aims to ensure that public spaces are accessible and usable for all citizens, thereby promoting transparency and accountability in governance.