Land Mafia crackdown continues in Karachi

In an anti encroachment drive in Karachi, 8 protesters were injured by police shelling at the national highway.

Express July 17, 2010

In an anti encroachment drive in Karachi, eight protesters were injured by police shelling at the national highway.

The anti encroachment operation was launched by the government to retrieve land from illegal occupants at Baldia Town and other areas of Karachi.

More than 25 people have been arrested during the police operation.

The police resorted to firing when the illegal occupants tried to put up resistance. Three policemen were also injured when the protestors hurled stones at them.

Due to the intensity of the situation, a heavy police contingent and rangers were called in to disperse the protesters.

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Asad | 10 years ago | Reply The operation should be launched right from the castles of the big fish who have barricaded entire avenues infront of their places instead of the poor themselves. The government should bulldoze illegal plazas built on amenity plots, and also nab officials in the KBCA who allowed the rampant construction of massive residential blocks in localities like Gulistan-e-Johor etc. during the 1990s and so on. Also government officials in different institutions should be taken to task for causing this mess to further complicate in the first place. Rather then just shanty towns, the CDGK and Sindh Government should also act against bureaucrats and other influential people who have occupied state land, and also are behind these flimsy mafias. Also, if the government is serious about it, it should copy the Singapore model where the government has constructed public housing and runs them quite efficiently, but all of such projects will require an in depth study of the current environment in Karachi, and rather then just copy pasting blue prints from other cities, we need to develop a plan which would suit our current and future needs keeping in mind the city's environment and culture. High prices of houses is the prime reason behind such settlements amongst the poor, also if the government does not come up with a long term plan, such shanty towns will re appear sooner or later, after all these people do need shelter!
Express | 10 years ago | Reply @Imran, very very true.
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