Sindh Action Committee’s protest sit-in against Bahria Town today

KATHOR: Terming Bahria Town Karachi illegal and unconstitutional, Sindh Action Committee has called for a  protest sit-in against Bahria Town Karachi today. Considering Bahria Town as a modern form of colonisation the sit-in call is given on the main gate of Town near Kathor today.

Earlier on May 22, an All Parties Conference (APC) h eld at the outskirts of Karachi’s Gadap Town in Hadi Bux Gabol Goth on the call of the Indigenous Rights Alliance and attended by the PML-N and nationalist parties from Sindh and Balochistan, the APC resolution said: “BTK had illegally occupied lands and it’s construction work should be stopped.”

“We consider it as a form of colonialism in the 21st century which is worse than the colonialism of the 18th century,” it added. “We believe that BTK is part of [the] invasion of global capitalism.”

During the meeting, the participants termed both the ruling PTI government in the Centre and the PPP government in Sindh as BTK’s “facilitators”. The speakers alleged the PPP government in particular had been exposed as “anti-Sindh” by allowing and initiating the Defence Housing Authority City, Zulfiqarabad and Thar coal projects.

The APC participants alleged that “BTK’s rogue elements under the patronisation of the Sindh government are destroying homes, villages, schools and graveyards like on [the] pattern of Israel in Palestine,” adding that “it was destruction in [the] name of development.”

They recalled that the Sindh government had given 43 dehs to the Malir Development Authority in 2013 and demanded that this notification should be cancelled and the land should be restored to their original position.

The participants were of the view that the Supreme Court in 2018 had declared BTK as illegal. They regretted, however, that the implementation bench of the apex court had violated its powers and legalised BTK in return for money.

The APC members said this was a wrong and illegal decision that should be taken back. They also called for the affectees of BTK whose homes and villages had been destroyed to be compensated as per the market rate. The APC supported a sit-in at the main gate of BTK on June 6 on the call of the Sindh Action Committee while protests would be held in all districts of Sindh on June 27.

The APC also demanded the cancellation of 500 FIRs (first information report) registered against villagers and action to be taken against police officers.

The politicians who attended the APC included Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, Dr Qadir Magsi, Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch, Yusuf Masti Khan, Karam Wasan, illahi Bux, Nawaz Zaur, Riaz Chandio and others while intellectuals Gul Hasan Kalmati, Amanullah Shaikh, Aijaz Mangi, Ms Salma Junejo, Pariyal Dayu and lawyers and representatives of civil society organisations also attended.

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