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Wedding halls across Karachi to be closed from Sunday

The Karachi Marriage Halls Association on Saturday announced that wedding halls across Karachi will be closed from Sunday, January 27 in light of notices issued by the Sindh Control Building Authority (SCBA) on Supreme Court orders.

The Supreme Court on January 22 barred the use of residential houses for commercial purposes. “Wedding halls, shopping malls and plazas will not be constructed on residential plots,” SC’s Karachi registry ordered.

Further, the court had ordered all encroachments across the metropolis should be immediately done. “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.

Following the Supreme Court’s orders, SCBA sent notices to 50% of the districts in Karachi’s east and centre to halt all commercial activities.

According to officials, SCBA is scheduled to begin its anti-encroachment operation from January 28 (Monday).

Members of the Karachi Marriage Halls Association staged a protest outside SCBA’s office located in Civic Centre today after receiving the notices. “We were given a three days notice. Where are we supposed to work?” the protesters asked.

Further, president of the Karachi Marriage Halls Association said they will close down wedding halls from Sunday.

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