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Signs of doom and gloom | Instant News

The seventy-year-old Salamat Masih was struck by irony when he realized a few days ago that the same Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) he had served his entire life as a sweeper would destroy everything he owned – his 60 square meters. house on the edge of the mighty city of Gujjar Nullah.

The corporation had been tasked with widen the rainwater channel to its original shape and width, along with the construction of a 30-foot-wide road on either side of the nullah, for which dozens of abadis had to be destroyed.

Gujjar Nullah is a natural channel in the city starting from New Karachi and ending at the Chuna Depot in the Haji Mureed Goth, where it falls into the Lyari River. The original length of the Prophet was 13 kilometers and 210 feet wide.

According to KMC’s senior anti-encroachment director Bashir Siddiqui, some 4,000 houses and commercial units will be demolished around the sewers, for which residents will be paid a two-year rent by the Sindh government.

However, still and other residents in the area knew nothing about the two years’ compensation. “We want houses like those affected by the Lyari Toll Road to be provided,” said Masih.

Special prayer

Poor Christian residents of the many slum settlements punctuated along natural channels hold special prayers on Sunday, February 14, for their livelihoods and shelter, as companies, as it has been for many years, approach to destroying their homes , again with renewed vigor.

The vice president of the minority wing of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Samuel Nazir, who also served as a member of the city council from 2001 to 2005, is a resident of Sadiq Nagar Tayyabad, who is the eternal katchi of the Christian community at bank nullah. On the other side of the nullah is the Kausar Niazi Colony.

Apart from these two settlements, Nazir shared with The News on Sunday, members of the Christian community around Gujjar Nullah were present at Godhra Camp, FC Area, Area C (Hassan Colony) and Nazimabad No.2.

In front of Darbar-e-Sultani in FB Area, a narrow but long alley leads to Sadiq Nagar Tayyabad. Panaflex of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and JI hanging from poles wishing the Christian community ‘Merry Christmas’. “Unfortunately no political party has come to help us,” complained Mashi’s wife, Khalida.

Green, red and blue markings, spray-painted, can be seen on the walls around the colony. In some homes, authorities have incised 16 percent, and in some others 50 percent, indicating how much of the structure will be demolished. Pointing at the signs, Nazir laughed sarcastically, “How much will be left to live if 16 or 50 percent of 60 square yards are destroyed?”

Further into the colony, the smell of sewage pouring into Gujjar Nullah enveloped the area. The houses were still decorated with stars, flags, banners and ropes as if it was Christmas yesterday. Children can be heard singing hymns to the beat of the dhol in church from a distance.

Raj Nadeem, 15, is engrossed in playing PUBG outside his home with his friends, apparently barely bothered by the impending demolition of the colony he lives in. She cares more about the Santa Claus graffiti she paints on her little border wall. houses, which were slightly erased by the mark of encroachment by corporations.

Right in front of Santa’s face, the officers had marked 100 percent, which meant his entire house would be torn down. “It took us four days to paint Santa,” he said.

A dangling sword

After every six months, several government agencies come to survey and mark the houses in the colony, Khalida said.

“Imagine how you would feel if the government team drew a red arrow on the border wall of your house and told you it had to be destroyed. We go through the same trials every few months. The sword is always hanging above our heads. “

Meanwhile, Still distributing lease documents issued by the City Government of Karachi Regency (CDGK) which reads ‘Leases Holding Rights through Unauthorized Ownership Regulations in Katchi Abadis Karachi’.

In 2005, said Nazir, through the resolution of the court hall, the settlement had already been regulated. “Now the authorities can’t call us encroachment.”

Repetitive exercise

Efforts to clear Gujjar Nullah of all kinds of encroachment begin each year before the rainy season, compliant with a lot of fanfare, but end halfway due to lack of funds and sometimes indifference from the provincial government.

The PPP and Sindh leadership of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the local government in Karachi have been very interested in starting the project since 2007. Back in 2007, the city government announced that it would start the distribution of the 13.5 kilometer long Gujjar Nullah. after the elimination of encroachment. The then Karachi Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal, had approved the project at an estimated cost of Rs 2.7 billion.

Every year, numbers of new houses to be demolished around the waterways appear. Previously, in 2015, the government claimed that more than 30,000 houses had to be demolished and then the number was reduced to 10,000, and this year, around 4,000 houses have been marked.

In 2015, the Sindh government created the Gujjar Nullah Resettlement Project at a cost of Rs18 billion, the chief engineer of which was Asadullah Shah. The PC-1 project never seemed approved. Eighty percent of the project cost then goes to the resettlement of the people who will be affected.

The same activities were repeated halfheartedly in 2016 and 2017, and no resettlement could occur or encroachment could not be eliminated.

In 2018, former mayor Wasim Akhtar held a groundbreaking ceremony for a project called ‘Gujjar Nullah Revamp Including Service Roads’ at a cost of Rs12.5 billion. This project fell victim to underfunding and poor planning, as there were no plans to relocate settlements.

To date, the project’s inauguration stone, with the name Akhtar on it, stands on the Haji Mureed Goth, where the nullah meets the Lyari River. However, except for the foundation stone to claim credit and media statements to appease the masses, heaps of rubbish strewn at the scene, with stray dogs lying around basking in the sun, paint a picture beyond the government’s deep interest in the project. .

Without a union

The biggest problem with the settlements around Gujjar Nullah is the lack of unity.

According to the Secretary General of the Awami Labor Party, Khurram Ali Nayyar, because of the absence of unions and associations, such an administrative crisis has occurred in the city. “There are many minorities and Bengali communities around Gujjar Nullah, who are the most vulnerable,” he explained, adding that the government did not appear ready to protect their interests.

Land value

It is critical to ascertain the value of the land around the construction work taking place in the city, according to city planner and researcher Muhammad Tauheed, who is also associated with the Karachi City Lab at the Institute of Business Administration.

If roads are built on both sides of Gujjar Nullah and Manzoor Colony Nullah, the value of land, he said, will increase dramatically and the poor will slowly be eliminated.

When asked about compensation, Tauheed replied that people are not even aware that they are being paid. Nayyar said, until something is written, there is no legal value.


According to the Gujjar Nullah renovation plan, prepared by NED University, the canal will be widened to at least 60 feet, while at some points to 70 to 80 feet. Roads about 30 feet wide will also be constructed on both sides of the rainwater channels.

In the first phase of its ongoing anti-encroachment operation, KMC has eliminated all types of soft encroachment, which include iron grills, kiosks, teahouses, kiosks, wheelbarrows, cattle ranches, wood sheds and lapak. The second phase, in which the house has to be demolished, is expected to start this week.


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KPC marks the third birthday of veteran journalist Siddiq Baloch | Instant News

KARACHI: Speaking at the three-year anniversary of the death of the famous journalist Siddiq Baloch on Saturday, speakers lamented that the government is taking steps against the media at a time of “an unprecedented crisis”.

The Karachi Press Club (KPC) has organized a seminar entitled ‘Freedom of Expression’, in the club’s auditorium to commemorate the death of Baloch, who is the editor of the daily Balochistan Express and Azadi. He died on February 6, 2018, in Quetta.

Speaking at the event, KPC President Fazil Jamili, academic D Tausif Ahmed Khan, and senior journalists Mazhar Abbas, Anwar Sajidi, Wustaullah Khan, Dr Jabbar Khattak, and Maqsood Yousafi shared fond memories of the late journalist and paid tribute to him for his struggles. for press freedom, democracy and student rights. Former interim chief minister Nawab Ghous Bakhsh Barozai, veteran politician Yousaf Masti Khan, Dr Saleem Kurd and rights activist Mama Qadeer Baloch also took part in the event.

Calling Baloch an institution with a multidimensional personality, the speaker said that as a student leader, political activist, journalist and analyst, he was known for his integrity, professionalism, courage and commitment to democracy, human rights and media freedom. They called Baloch’s death a huge loss for journalism in the country, and in particular for conflict-torn Balochistan.

It is said that he has carried out his journalistic duties professionally and fearlessly at a time when journalists, media workers and newspaper vendors are in an untenable situation due to the multi-dimensional sources of pressure around them.


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Pakistan marks Kashmir Solidarity Day | Instant News

Pakistan officially celebrates Kashmir Solidarity Day on Friday, holding demonstrations across the country and forming a human chain in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, also called Azad Kashmir, to pay tribute to the Kashmiri martyrs.

As a national holiday, it starts with special prayers at mosques for “liberation of Kashmir”. One minute of silence occurred across the country at 10am local time (3am GMT).

People join hands to form a chain in the Kohala area and other important sites linking Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

In Islamabad, the main protest led by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi near the Parliament building was attended by Cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, government officials and a large number of students.

Demonstrations, conferences and seminars were also held in the four provincial capitals – Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta – to “denounce human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s mainline group, which began commemorating February 5 as Kashmir Solidarity Day in 1990, organized countrywide rallies on Friday, including main congregations in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar, to express solidarity with the struggle for independence in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in their separate messages reiterated that the entire nation of Pakistan stands beside their Kashmiri brethren “in their valiant struggle to achieve their legitimate right to self-determination.”

In his message, Alvi said the settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people is “the key to a long lasting peace in South Asia.”

Alvi warned that the change in the demographic structure of “the occupied territory by the Indian government constitutes a further violation of international law whereby the majority of Kashmiri Muslims are converted into a minority in their own country.”

Khan called on the international community to hold New Delhi accountable for “crimes against humanity in India’s Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).”

“India must stop its brutal oppression Kashmir, abide by international human rights obligations, and honor commitments to give Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination through free and impartial voting under the auspices of the United Nations, “he said.

Commemorating Kashmir Solidarity Day, Khan said: “We respect the determination of the Kashmiri people in their courageous struggle for the right to self-determination, which was promised them by India, Pakistan and the international community.” He added that India’s latest attempts to “further colonize occupied Kashmir by changing its demographics and erasing a distinct Kashmiri identity are a reflection of a sinister plan to turn the Muslim majority into a minority.”

Alvi will address the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Assembly session in Muzaffarabad today while Khan will speak at a public meeting in the Kotli area of ​​Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan supports the Kashmiris

Qureshi said Pakistan’s solidarity with Kashmir will continue until Kashmiris attain their inalienable right to self-determination as set out in the UN Charter and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

“The entire nation of Pakistan stands with them in their valiant struggle to secure their inalienable right to self-determination,” the foreign minister said in a statement.

Qureshi expressed deep concern over the “military siege of millions of Kashmiris over the past 18 months.” He said that “under the suffocating military siege and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit, the Indian army continues to carry out guard and guard operations, conduct ‘fake gatherings’, and engage in the mass murder of Kashmiri youth at IIOJK – thereby further accentuating the tragedy. humanity there. “

Shehryar Khan Afridi, who heads Pakistan’s National Assembly Kashmir Committee, said the country fights for peace in the region, but he warned that if anything goes wrong by India, there will be reprisals.

“Pakistan wants peace in the region and is ready to move forward if the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiri people are recognized in accordance with the UNSC resolutions,” Afridi said in a separate official statement.

“Our longing for peace, however, should not be regarded as a weakness. Any mistakes the enemy makes will be responded to in full force,” he added.

Disputed territory Kashmir, the Muslim-majority region of the Himalayas, is controlled by India and Pakistan in some parts but claimed by both in full. A small part of the area is also controlled by China. Since they split in 1947, New Delhi and Islamabad have fought three wars – in 1948, 1965 and 1971 – two of them over Kashmir. Several Kashmiri groups have fought against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

The tense relations between the two neighbors worsened after India canceled the limited autonomy of the Jammu and Kashmir region on August 5, 2019. It is also divided into two federally administered territories.


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Your daily horoscope: January 9 | Instant News

If today is your birthday

The connection between Venus and Mars on your birthday will bring you not just a drop of romance in your life, but also a flood! The only danger is that your passion may disappear with you, and eventually you will have difficulty keeping your promises.

ARIES (March 21-April 20):

When deciding what to do next, put aside financial considerations for now. If you are attracted to an event or want to participate in a social occasion, do it without worrying about the cost. You will find a payment method later.

Taurus (April 21st to May 21st):

Now that Mars is moving your signal, this is the perfect time to complete and complete a long-term project and complete the work. Once you have accumulated a lot of energy, you don’t want to stop-but, of course, first, you must start.

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Gemini (May 22 to June 21):

Try to work by yourself this weekend. That way, you won’t be angry when someone who doesn’t share your talents or your promises does bad things. If something goes wrong, you can only blame yourself.

Cancer (June 22nd-July 23rd):

If you hope to get enough in the next 48 hours, you will find a way to get it. However, there is such a risk, and once you master it, you may find that you don’t want it at all. Think twice before taking action and don’t make your actions irreversible.

LEO (July 24 to August 23):

This is a good time to solve professional problems, but only if you are ready to take on new responsibilities. If you want others to keep up with your plan, you may be disappointed, so please give them reasons to support you. Share rewards and applause.

Virgo (August 24 to September 23):

Do something positive this weekend, and exercise if possible. You have a lot of suppressed energy to get rid of. The best way is to find a store that is both creative and interesting. Teamwork and sports are outstanding stars.

Libra (September 24 to October 23):

If you want to get along with someone this weekend, you need to put in extra special effort to understand why they think and act in their own way. Talk to them and ask them sincerely what they need to know to improve the relationship.

Scorpio (October 24 to November 22):

How you react to others in the next 48 hours will determine how fast you move towards your goals in the next few weeks. When Mars crosses the partnership area of ​​the chart, you need to be confident, but not aggressive.

Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21):

What you think is valuable may become obsolete this weekend, but soon, better things will replace it. As you realize the need to save energy, the pace may change in the coming days.

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Capricone (December 22 to January 20):

Start something new this weekend, which will stimulate your imagination. Mars, a dynamic and ambitious planet, moves in the most active area on the chart, and there is really nothing you can do right now. Be magnificent.

Aquarius (January 21st to February 19th):

If someone says something that bothers you today, your first reaction will be to fight back verbally, twice as difficult. But is this really a good idea? Only this time, make the situation smarter. You can do it without effort.

Pisces (February 20th to March 20th):

You haven’t made enough noise recently, but as Mars moves in the communication area of ​​the chart, you will find it easier to open your mouth and make comments. If you speak hard, people may start to value you more.

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