ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday ordered the federal and all provincial governments to provide details of allocated budgets for lower income housing schemes from 2001 to 2015.
Three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja asked the federal and provincial government what steps these governments have taken to implement on article 9, 14, 25 and 38 of constitution of Pakistan.
The court had said its Aug 26 order restraining the capital administration from taking any adverse action similar to the July 30 bulldozing of Sector I-11 katchi abadi would remain effective.
The Supreme Court has taken up a petition moved by senior counsel Abid Hassan Minto and his son Bilal Minto seeking a declaration that under the Constitution the state was bound to provide shelter and other amenities to those evicted from slums.
After receiving the proposals, the court intends to circulate the same among the federal and provincial governments to ascertain their opinions leading to the formulation of a state policy.
The Court during last hearing also asked a former civil servant, the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) and the provinces to come up with a solid, realistic and coordinated housing policy for the shelterless.
The court ordered Secretary LJCP Mohammad Sarwar Khan to convene a meeting with the petitioners and their counsel as well as the respondents and the advocates general of four provinces in addition to Mr Siddiqui and suggest proposals how the fundamental rights of the citizens can be ensured.