Karachi: A spate of news items have been published in the City Pages of the prestigious newspaper “The News” purportedly criticizing DHA on one account or the other consecutively for the last four days.
Most of the reports ironically are based on misinformation of the entire issue involved and therefore are misleading. The common theme of these reports however has been the pervading tone of vengeance which is baffling for the Housing Authority.
The latest report ‘Federal Minister brazenly flouts KESC, DHA Rules’ published in ‘The News’ on Nov 15, 2008 is an example of the same. The report blames Federal Minister Khurshid Shah for encroaching an open plot of DHA for holding his son’s wedding and paradoxically alleges DHA for just looking the other way on violation of DHA Byelaws. This is incorrect and warrants clarification.
As per DHA byelaws holding of a function on open plot is not permissible. However, a function/ceremony can be held on a plot enclosed by four walls.
The Minister got the four walls erected for the purpose and showed respect of DHA rules by getting proper permission from the Housing Authority for holding the function. There was thus no violation of DHA byelaws in the event.
Surprisingly the entire episode has been blown out of proportion apparently for some reasons unknown.
Source: DHA Karachi