KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notices to the Sindh and federal governments seeking their replies on a plea against delegating administration of Sindh’s islands to the centre.
Both the governments have been asked to submit replies by Oct 23. The petitioner said that the formation of the Pakistan Islands Development Authority was unconstitutional and handing over of the islands to the centre amounted to depriving Sindh of its basic rights.
The Pakistan Islands Development Authority was formed through a September 2, 2020 ordinance. However, many of those islands belong to Sindh under Article 172 (2) of the Constitution.
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail in a statement said that the bundle island project was worth Rs50 billion and the federation could not do it alone. The project will create 0.15 million new jobs, he maintained.
He said the bundle island will remain part of Sindh and the revenue earned through tourism and business projects on the islands will go to the Sindh government.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan wants to establish two new cities on islands of Karachi,” he said adding that the centre will remove all the reservations of the provincial government and take it into confidence before inaugurating it.
He said PM Imran wanted to work speedily on the islands. He also said that people were contacting the government for investment in the islands.