Anti-encroachment drive in Mujahid Colony condemned

Pak Sarzameen Party chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal condemned the demolition of the houses in Mujahid Colony, Nazimabad No 7, and called it “an act of cruelty”. In a statement, he warned that if the affected people were not provided the alternate by the government, they would be compelled to en-croach land elsewhere and the entire exercise would prove to be a failure.

“The responsibility of the state is to solve problems and not to shift problems from one place to an-other,” he said.“The government should provide roof to these peo-ple. When I was City Nazim, 34,000 homes were demolished to build the Lyari Expressway, but all the affected people were provided with alternative spaces and homes. With the joint cooperation effort of the state, judiciary and local government, we had built three new settlements with all basic amenities for the victims before demolishing thousands of houses.”

The PSP chairman also met a delegation of Pakhtun community of Mujahid Colony who briefed him about the problems and challenges being faced by the people of the neighbourhood after the anti-encroachment operation. The former city mayor assured the delegation that he would raise voice for their rights at every public and legal forum.

Published in Pakistan Observer 10 Nov 2023