‘Bill converts Quaid’s mazar into a tikka shop’

Published: March 6, 2011
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   No trade on public land, decry protesters

No trade on public land, decry protesters

KARACHI: 

“If we are silent today, our children will have no parks, playgrounds or hospitals,” said 45-year-old Asim, protesting on Saturday.

Holding placards and banners, people and members of not-for-profit Shehri-CBE assembled at the Mazar-e-Quaid against the Sindh Protection and Prohibition of Amenity Plots Bill 2009 being tabled in the provincial assembly.

“No trade on public land,” they shouted, claiming that the bill will give legal cover to all those amenity plots and land that has been grabbed since 1994. If this bill becomes law, it will legalise the actions of land grabbers, open the floodgates of corruption and totally destroy Karachi and other cities of Sindh, Shehri contended.

The protesters demanded the withdrawal of the bill and said MPAs should apologise for considering it.

Meanwhile, IBA teacher Shabbir Haider said that corruption is at its peak and is mostly being carried out under government supervision. This bill will snatch the rights of open air from the citizens of Karachi and it will unlock new ways of corruption for the government, he said.

Shehri general secretary Amber Ali Bhai told The Express Tribune that they were protesting to educate the people against the bill which is pending in the Sindh Assembly since 2007. “It will give land grabbers enormous powers to legalise their illegal land and to acquire more and more land and plots through it.”

People will realise the destructiveness of this bill when they visit their grandfather’s grave and they find a commercial plaza instead. “This bill converts the Mazar-e-Quaid into a chicken tikka shop.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Somdet
    Mar 6, 2011 - 2:17AM

    hahaha, loving it- the founding father of pakistan will now have his own ‘Quaid Chicken Tikka Shop’. he dont have to share any of his chickens with Hindu Indians now. I am laughing till my stomach ache.Recommend

  • Just Facts
    Mar 6, 2011 - 4:14AM

    What do you expect from PPP and MQM alliance.Recommend

  • asim
    Mar 6, 2011 - 1:19PM

    Somdet, unfortunately your cynicism is the norm not the exception. i was saddened to see how many of us actually care, but this war will have to be fought to the end because its not about me or you its about our future and we owe it to them. Recommend

  • Mar 6, 2011 - 1:35PM

    @Somdet:
    He won’t share it with Indian Muslims too, his “advice” to them was to remain loyal to India.Recommend

  • VoK
    Mar 6, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Quaid’s Fried ChickenRecommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 6, 2011 - 2:57PM

    The land hungry mafia of MQM-PPP alliance will sell Pakistan for a few bucks too.Recommend

  • Javed Shah
    Mar 6, 2011 - 3:50PM

    A bloody revolution require to fix this country’s issues.
    No bill, no law, no constitutions will help us to resolve our issues.Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 6, 2011 - 4:00PM

    @ Aamer & Just Facts,
    First check who is presenting this bill, bill is presented by one MPA not Govt.

    @ Tribune I think theres a typo in this article, the bill is titled “Sindh Protection and Prohibition of Amenity Plots Bill 2009 ” how was it presented in 2007 ???
    And please tell us the name of the MPA who drafted this bill!Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 6, 2011 - 4:07PM

    Update
    ” (Ayaz) Soomro presented an ironic piece of legislation in the provincial assembly entitled The Sindh Protection and Prohibition of Amenity Plots Bill 2009″

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/27/the-right-to-life.html

    It is preseneted by PPP, DONT drag MQM into this.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Mar 6, 2011 - 4:33PM

    All in power are making fool of Pakistanis. MQM PPP PML-N ANP are all corrupt and looters. A bloody revolution awaiting Pakistan. MQM cannot distance itself from all wrong doings as its been holding governor seat for decade.Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 6, 2011 - 5:45PM

    @VoK:
    Yes, Its Finger licking good.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 6, 2011 - 8:12PM

    It is a very serious issue. The government of the day should consider the facts that it came into power with the votes of people of Pakistan.

    The demostration was made only at Quaid’s Mazar in Karachi. What about the other cities of Pakistan. I am sure that people of other cities must be facing the same problems.

    Builders’s Mafia cannot construct high-rise buildings on Amenity Plots and Open Parks. There is a law in the country to protect Amenity Plots and Open Parks.

    May Al-Mighty Allah give wisdom to our legislators who come through people’s votes and then pass resolutons against the interest of people of Pakistan.

    What kind of politics is this? Next time people will not vote for you any more.Recommend

  • shahab
    Mar 6, 2011 - 8:37PM

    ahaha thats a great bill,as a nation we are corrupt, those like me who are commenting had didnt get the chance of corruption in other words bay bas sharif ahahahahRecommend

  • Irfan
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:08AM

    several public parks and grounds in north nazimabad and north karachi have been made residential places by MQM. they have sold the land they claim to own. it’s sad that we still consider them loyal to the country. Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Mar 7, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Finally a better use of the land, I can’t imagine having the most grand Tikka shop on Earth being in Karachi.Recommend

  • irtazajaved
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:34PM

    no harm would be done to the Quaid’s Mazar, neither to the total covering area.. Hopefully there will be a tikka shop after the demolition of Nawaz Sharifs Raiwind Palace.. Karachi already has a lot of tikka in it..Recommend

  • irtazajaved
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:35PM

    and the bilawal/zardari for nihariRecommend

  • irtazajaved
    Mar 7, 2011 - 12:36PM

    houses for nihari*Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2011 - 9:32AM

    I suppose that is the best use of that land….lolRecommend

  • amjad
    Mar 8, 2011 - 7:29PM

    These politcians ae no shame!!! They will sell their soul for some kilos of gold. Is this a curse that beside all the other problems, we have so corrup people running the affairs.Recommend

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