IHC bars housing societies outside Islamabad from using Capital’s name

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Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir issued the verdict in a case against the cancellation of the registration of housing societies, in which housing societies outside Islamabad have been barred from using the name of Islamabad.

The court ordered the societies outside the federal capital to remove the word Islamabad from the name and said in the decision that the societies should change the name, changing the name will remove the impression that these societies are located within the limits of Islamabad.

The court said that advertisements should be placed in newspapers at the expense of societies that these societies are not within the limits of Islamabad, and advertisements should be permanently pasted outside the offices of housing societies for public awareness.

The verdict also said that by using the name of Islamabad, the public is being given the impression that the societies are in Islamabad.

Cancellation of registration of housing societies declared null and void
Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday cancelled the registration of 18 housing societies located outside Islamabad and restored their registration.

The court said in the verdict that the Registrar Cooperative Societies did not fulfill the legal requirements while canceling the registration of the societies, the Registrar should first satisfy himself whether the societies gave a development schedule within one year of registration.

The decision ordered the registrar to conduct an inquiry into whether the site was acquired for the project, if not, their financial affairs, and also inquire into what housing societies have the capacity to run the housing scheme.

It is written in the decision that after various inquiries, the Registrar Societies will be able to take action again according to the law; the Registrar will verify whether the societies provided the data in the concerned province within the stipulated time.

The decision further said that the Registrar will conduct an inquiry whether the societies completed the projects in the respective provinces on time, and will also be able to take assistance from the concerned department of Punjab in this regard.

It is written in the judgment that it has come before the court that the Registrar Cooperative Societies never followed the law, the working of the housing societies and their financial affairs were never monitored.