The Supreme Court on Monday retracted its directions to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, issued earlier in the day, to remove Murtaza Wahab as Karachi administrator after he tendered an “unconditional” apology.

The court directed that the post of administrator be “kept away from politics” and instructed Wahab to fulfil his responsibilities while remaining above “political affiliation and pressure”.

Earlier, a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin issued a directive for Wahab’s removal after an exchange with him while hearing numerous important matters pertaining to unauthorised and illegal construction, encroachments of amenity plots, conversion of residential properties into commercial ones and the issue of two private hospitals allegedly running their health facilities on amenity plots at the apex court’s Karachi registry.


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