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Bahria Town Karachi guards allegedly open fire on villagers resisting eviction

While police were reluctant to share information, an activist of Sindh Indigenous Rights Alliance and resident of Kathor area, Abdul Hafeez, said the BTK guards along with police tried to destroy the crops in Kamal Khan Jokhio Goth

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A resident of Karachi's Gadap Town was shot at and wounded on Friday in firing allegedly carried out by private guards and policemen in civvies during Bahria Town Karachi’s (BTK) move to bulldoze several agricultural lands to pave the way for housing projects in the outskirts of the city.

Around 100 residents put up resistance, and as soon as a local threw a stone towards the BTK personnel, the guards opened "straight fire" at the villagers. At least one villager, Shaukat Khaskheli, sustained a bullet injury, while another suffered minor injuries.

Sindh IGP Mushtaq Mahar has, meanwhile, decided to defer his own leave and ordered his officers to set aside their leave applications for ten days, shared Sindh police late Tuesday night, adding that the decision was taken "in the larger national interest" and pending the conclusion of the inquiry into how the arrest of PML-N leader Mohammad Safdar unfolded.

 

While responding to activist Ammar Ali Jan, who tweeted that the Sindh Police was "facilitating destruction of villages for Bahria town" despite the Sindh government giving the assurance that demolitions by BTK would stop, PPP Senator Quratulain Marri said: "I apologise. A fight has indeed erupted."

Other social media users and activists also expressed concern over today's incidents, while #SayNoToBahriaTown was trending at the top in Pakistan.

 

 

8 May 2021

 

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