Supreme Court orders the demolition of Madina Mosque in Karachi
On January 4, the Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected the government’s plea for stopping the demolition of the “illegally” constructed Madinah Mosque on Tariq Road in Karachi. Last week, the SC ordered the authorities to demolish the illegally built mosque, shrine, and cemetery on Karachi’s parks’ land. Subsequently, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, stated that the government should provide alternate land for the mosque.
On the other hand, the attorney general asked the court to reconsider the demolition order. In reply to this, the CJP remarked, “All we can do is delay the demolition of the mosque till a new site is found for it.” At the same time, the Gulzar Ahmed stated, “What is the use of all this action if we start withdrawing our decisions?” Whereas, Justice Qazi Amin remarked that the land grabbers were using religion to occupy the land.
Justice Qazi Amin also said, “Building a mosque on encroached land is a non-religious act. Islam does not allow this. If you want to build a mosque, build it out of your own pocket.” However, the Supreme Court adjourned the case till January 13 and ordered the Sindh government to present a report in this regards.