MURREE: Justice Mirza Waqas Rauf of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench on Friday admitted a petition filed by Abbasi Colony residents against illegal constructions in Murree and sought reply from the provincial government within three weeks.

Petitioners through their counsel Shafqat Khan Abbasi Advocate pleaded before LHC bench that high-rise building had been built in violation of by-laws, environment protection laws and Supreme Court ruling.

Talking to Dawn, the counsel said the Supreme Court had given the ruling that construction in areas given special status from environmental point of view must be in line with environmental requirements.

Wastes from these buildings are thrown in nullahs which reach Rawal and Simly dams contaminating the drinking water in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, he added.

Published in Dawn, October 12th, 2019