Marriage halls across Karachi to be closed from Sunday

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All wedding halls will be closed from Sunday, decided the Karachi Marriage Halls Association, on Saturday.

The decision was taken by the association in light of the January 22 order of the apex court in which it had ordered that no wedding halls, plazas or shopping malls would be constructed on residential plots.

“The buildings which are not part of the master plan should be demolished. The city should be restored to how it was 40 years ago. No matter how many buildings there are, they should be demolished,” Justice Gulzar Ahmed said.

The Supreme Court had also ordered all illegal encroachments in the city to be razed. In light of the order, the Sindh Building Control Authority had issued notices to fifty per cent of the districts in Karachi’s east and centre to halt all commercial activities.

After receiving the notices, the Karachi Marriage Halls Association members protested outside the SBCA’s office in Civic Centre.

“We were given a three days notice. Where are supposed to go? Where are we supposed to find work?” said one enraged protester.

The anti-encroachment operation will begin from Jannuary 28.