PAKISTAN: About 500,000 fishermen will be jobless due to the government’s unlawful long-term lease of two Islands to a company

PAKISTAN: About 500,000 fishermen will be jobless due to the government’s unlawful long-term lease of two Islands to a company

The AHRC was informed that the Federal Government of Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that stated a 99-year lease on twin Islands namely Bhudal and Bhuddo located in Karachi city, Sindh province to Dubai based Emaar Properties PJSC Company in September 2006. The company has a project to rename the islands Diamond Bar City and construct high-rises, residential resorts, hotels, casinos and a 1.5 Kilometer bridge connecting the islands to Karachi city over the next 13 years at a total cost of US$ 43.135 billion. After the MOU, the said company reportedly demolished some 1,000 fishermen’s huts with the help of the police and the army in October 2006. It is alleged that 35 villagers were arrested and a 5-year-old boy was killed during the demolition. Read more about PAKISTAN: About 500,000 fishermen will be jobless due to the government’s unlawful long-term lease of two Islands to a company