Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday dispatched proposed constitutional draft in connection with temporary makeshifts case to Attorney General and Advocate General of Pakistan.
The top court also sought details of the committee constituted by prime minister in connection with low price houses.
The orders were given during hearing of a case pertaining to slum areas. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, heard the case.
The chief justice, during the hearing, remarked that some mistakes were occurred from judiciary. People first occupied government land and then take stay order from courts.
The applicant lawyer took stance that low prices housing societies bill was drafted on the court order but no further work was done on these low price housing societies.
The top court judge remarked that why not federal and provincial government be asked for reply because it was the parliament responsibility to approve the bill, adding that judiciary has nothing to do with parliament affairs.
Mian Saqib Nisar said judiciary had also committed some mistakes. People first occupied government land, construct houses and commercial plazas on them and when government took action against encroachment they approached courts and took stay orders.
The top court remarked whether the government has money to provide a house to every citizen. The country where people are stealing taxes has enough money to meet shelter requirement of every citizen. The top court remarked education and health facilities are more important than shelter.
Even in slum areas, people have air-conditions, refrigerator and other luxuries at their house, the top court judge remarked. The chief justice asked whether the government can be deprived of land by giving ownership to these encroachers.
The chief justice remarked every citizen doesn’t have housing facility even in the United States; however, we cannot compare under developed country with a developed one.
The applicant’s lawyer when submitted proposed constitutional draft in the court and the court directed to dispatch the draft to the attorney general and advocate general of Pakistan.
Justice Umar Atta Bandial remarked that in 1970s a slogan of bread, cloth and shelter was raised, adding that the court can only highlight the issue. The court has no jurisdiction to form policy or imposed restrictions.
“We will have to maintain difference between the deserving and undeserving persons,” he remarked.
Latif Khosa Advocate said that Pakistan doesn’t have shortage of honest persons. He, however, said 50 per cent population in Pakistan is below the poverty line. He said poor people cannot approach the court.
Responding Justice Atta Bandial, the chief justice said if poor people cannot approach the court but he can and he is approaching them. Latif Khosa said a proper mechanism can be developed through BISO program.
The chief justice said the court will have to see associated issues if it wants to resolve social issues.

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