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Ummat Editor Rafique Afghan’s illegal house demolished in Karachi’s Hill Park area

Karachi: The multi-million rupees bungalow of Rafique Afghan, the Chief Editor of widely read Urdu newspaper Daily Ummat, has been demolished in Karachi.

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Located in the posh area of Hill Park, the house was razed on the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan which found that several houses in the locality were built illegally.

The orders to recover the government land were passed by the Karachi registry of the apex court a few months ago. Thousands of Daily Ummat readers were shocked to know that the newspaper’s editor had been living in a house built on an encroached piece of land.

Several other houses were also razed to the ground after local authorities arrived with heavy machinery. Afghan had approached the top court with an application seeking review of its verdict but his reservations were dismissed by the Supreme Court.

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