PTI Central Secretariat’s portion in Islamabad demolished over ‘violation’

Demolition activity at the PTI’s Central Secretariat in Islamabad captured on May 23, 2024. — Screengrab/X/@PTIOfficial
  • PTI plans to protest demolition in legislative assembly.
  • Party official equates clampdown to offensive in Gaza by Israel.
  • CDA says it repeatedly notified the party but got no response.

ISLAMABAD: A segment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Central Secretariat has been taken down by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad for failing to adhere to construction regulations, prompting vociferous objections from the political group established by Imran Khan.

The CDA announced that its squad dealing with illegal constructions sprang into action late Thursday night. The takedown commenced at about 11:30pm and concluded in an hour.

The authority mentioned clearances of unauthorized structures by a “political party” was in progress and revealed that the plot was initially assigned in Sartaj Ali’s name.

According to CDA, an extra story erected on the plot breached construction guidelines. The regulatory body reported dispatching multiple notifications to the concerned party, but without success.

PTI Central Secretariats portion in Islamabad demolished over violation
PTI Secretary-General Omar Ayub addressing the press in Islamabad, on May 24, 2024. — Screengrab/GeoNews

While demolition operations were ongoing, PTI beckoned its members to gather at the secretariat. The party denounced the government’s actions as “unlawful and biased”.

Countering the claims, Barrister Gohar Khan of PTI stated that no prior communication had been received from the CDA.

He pointed out that when requested, the CDA officials couldn’t produce any papers related to the demolition. “Had we been pre-informed about any infractions, steps to correct them would have been taken on our part,” he affirmed.

During a press meet outside the demolished premises, PTI Secretary-General Omar Ayub deplored the sudden nighttime measure, vowing to challenge the CDA’s actions at the assembly.

“The incident orchestrated by CDA is deeply reprehensible,” he expressed, paralleling it with the relentless Israeli onslaught on Gaza, which resulted in considerable casualties and the use of starvation as a war tactic.

Ayub disclosed that city officials initiated the removal operation under the cover of darkness without any forewarning. It was also reported that party representative Amir Mughal was taken into custody by the police.

Subsequent to the clearance effort, CDA staff not only sealed off the PTI’s headquarters but also affixed an official notice on the premises.

The venture faced opposition from PTI supporters, and this resistance led to the apprehension of several members by law enforcement agents.

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