Authorities on Monday began an extensive operation to remove encroachments in the city’s Saddar area.
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation's anti-encroachments personnel, along with K-Electric workers, began clearing out the land in front of the Passport Office.
The anti-encroachment operation was also started around Empress Market and Parking Plaza today.
Heavy contingents of police and Rangers also took part in the drive.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, on October 27, had heard a case against land mafia in Karachi at the Supreme Court's Karachi registry.
During the hearing, attended by Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and Ameer Sheikh, the additional inspector-general of police (AIG) for Karachi, Justice Nisar had asked IG Karachi if he was going to remove the illegal encroachments.
Mayor Karachi had told the court that more than 70 percent of the Empress Market had been cleared.
To this, the top judge had remarked that areas around Empress Market also needed to be cleared. “You do not need permission from anyone else, the court has given you the order.”
Assuring the court, Akhtar had said: “We will completely clear out Saddar.”