Housing project: DHA project may swallow Gadap goths

Published: April 11, 2012

The DHA is building a $1 billion housing project called DHA City Karachi (DCK) along the Super Highway. PHOTO: IRUM SHAHID

The DHA is building a $1 billion housing project called DHA City Karachi (DCK) along the Super Highway. PHOTO: IRUM SHAHID The villagers held a meeting on Monday and invited provincial minister Sajid Jokhio to deliberate on the matter.
KARACHI: 

The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) is forcing the Sindh government to allocate land in Gadap Town by removing dozens of indigenous goths, villagers and local leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) say.

“According to our information, DHA wants thousands of acres of land in dehs Bahil and Kathore, which consist of dozens of scattered villages,” said Raja Razak, a local PPP leader while talking to The Express Tribune on Tuesday.

The villagers held a meeting on Monday and invited provincial minister Sajid Jokhio to deliberate on the matter. DHA and the Sindh government’s revenue department have not confirmed this.

The DHA is building a $1 billion housing project called DHA City Karachi (DCK) along the Super Highway. The project spread over 11,640 acres near dehs Bahil and Kathore.

“These villages can’t be uprooted just to make way for another project,” said Razak. “These people have been living here even before Independence. They have more right over the land than anyone else.”

Just a few days back, President Asif Ali Zardari ordered DHA to allocate 1,000 acres in DCK for the families of soldiers who have been martyred fighting terrorists. DHA has already sold most of the plots in the project.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2012.

Reader Comments (1)

  • Gul Hassan
    Apr 11, 2012 - 9:00AM

    This is absolutely colonization and occupation of the lands in Gadap, how would govt or DHA generals accept people of Malir to accept this control over their lands and resources.
    Demolish villages, destroy indiginous village: for what to accommodate elite, military and civil bureaucracy. Villages in Karachi were occupied in Karachi with endless promises, indiginous people of Karachi gave their villages and homes for Pak-Steel Mill, Bin Qasim port, were they ever compensated, did they even get jobs. These settlements remind indigious Sindhis of Jewish settlements in on Palestinain lands. NOT ACCEPTABLE.

    PPP govt should respect the mandate of the people, they were not voted in office to take away ancesstral homes of people of Gadap.

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