Officers who approved Nasla Tower construction Revealed

The names of retired and serving officers of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), who approved the Nasla Tower building plan built in violation of the law, have come to the fore.

According to the details, names of the officials who approved the building plan of Nasla Tower, which is being pulled down on the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), have been revealed by SBCA sources.

Sources have revealed that the-then Director General (DG) of SBCA Manzoor Qadir Kaka, who has fled abroad, gave the approval for the construction of Nasla Tower in 2013.

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Qadir, the builder of the high-rise, and Muzammil Manzoor, who got the building plan approved, are the frontmen, while SBCA director Nisar, who has now retired, gave the approval.

SBCA official Sarfaraz Hussain, who has also retired, issued a building permit. Farhan Qaiser currently serving as the SBCA director issued a no-objection certificate (NOC), while Safdar Magsi of the town planning department gave a go-ahead to the construction of the building. They ignored the fact that a portion of the high-rise would be built on an encroached piece of land.

It may be recalled that police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against SBCA, and a housing society over irregularities in the construction of Nasla Tower that is now being demolished on the orders of the SCP.

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An FIR has been registered at Ferozabad police station on the complaint of the incumbent SHO against officers of SBCA, officials of Sindhi Muslim Cooperative Housing Society (SMCHS) and other concerned bodies.

The text of the lawsuit states that Abdul Qadir, the builder who built Nasla Tower, with the connivance of SMCHS, SBCA and MPD, illegally built flats and shops on the land allotted for Service Road. The court had ordered to register a criminal case and take action against the officers.

Sections 161, 167, 218, 408, 409, 420, 447 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) have been included in the lawsuit. After the case was registered, the police investigation team reached SBCA.

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