Government land will go back to government if not used for defence purposes,’ remarks CJP
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed has termed the military’s use of land for commercial purposes as “unconstitutional” during a case hearing on Tuesday (today).
The case regarding the military use of commercial land was heard in Supreme Court’s Karachi registry which was headed by three member bench.
Report submitted in the court by Defence Secretary (Retired) Lieutenant General Mian Hilal was termed unsatisfactory by the judges.
The court has instructed the Defence Secretary to submit a report in the upcoming four months. The apex court observes that the military possessed land can be used only for defence purposes.
CJP asserted that cinemas, petrol pumps, housing societies, marriage halls and shopping centres are not defence related objectives.
“Government land will go back to the government if not used for defence purposes,” CJP said.
Justice Ahmed said that this military’s commercial activity on the state’s land is “unconstitutional”.
Defence Secretary informed the court that a committee has been formed which will identify illegal structures.