SC ordered to restore Markaz Islami where cinema was established

KARACHI: The Supreme Court has ordered restoration of the actual status of Markaz-e-Ilm-o-Saqafat Hall in Karachi.

A cinema was established in the hall by Cinepax company’s contractor after the building was handed over to him by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).

The cinema, located near Ayesha Manzil, was sealed by the KMC over non-payment of dues and for illegally subletting the premises.

The move to convert the hall into cinema was highlighted by Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi chief Engr. Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman, who wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan.

The CJP took notice of the issue, converting the letter into petition.

In today’s decision, the apex court has ordered restoration of the actual status of the building and directed action against the private contractor and KCM officials involved in converting the building into cinema.

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