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

PAKISTAN: Government neglect in drought-affected region leaves thousands malnourished in Tharparkar District

PAKISTAN: Government neglect in drought-affected region leaves thousands malnourished in Tharparkar District

The current drought in Tharparkar has left many villagers suffering from malnutrition and other hunger-related illnesses. The villagers rely on the consumption of milk from livestock as their primary source of food but the drought has killed off a larger number of animals, and milk production has severely dwindled. Livestock comprises of almost 80 percent of the district’s economy, and the shortage of animals has also significantly decreased the villagers’ purchasing power. Thus, the victims can neither rely on animal husbandry and farming in the village as a source of food, nor can they afford to buy food in the markets. Potable water also does not exist in the area anymore as most of the ground wells have gone dry. This has increased the incidence of malnutrition and the young, elderly and pregnant being more susceptible. Read more about PAKISTAN: Government neglect in drought-affected region leaves thousands malnourished in Tharparkar District

UPDATE (Pakistan): Violence imminent over Lyari Expressway construction in Karachi

UPDATE (Pakistan): Violence imminent over Lyari Expressway construction in Karachi

As reported in our January appeal (HA-01-2006) the Lyari Expressway, which will be 16 kilometres long and is expected to bring in Rs. 400 million of revenue, was originally proposed to alleviate several problems including the erosion of the Lyari riverbeds and traffic congestion in the area. But at what cost? Owing to the construction of the expressway, thousands of people have already been forcibly evicted from their homes, with few having received appropriate alternative living arrangements or compensation for their loss. As a result, thousands have been forced onto the streets without adequate food, shelter, heating or water. Read more about UPDATE (Pakistan): Violence imminent over Lyari Expressway construction in Karachi

PAKISTAN: City government forces eviction leaving thousands homeless and without food in Karachi

PAKISTAN: City government forces eviction leaving thousands homeless and without food in Karachi

On January 2, 2006, several police officers and Karachi City Government officials renewed demolitions to make way for the Lyari Expressway Project. Until January 11, several communities lying adjacent to each other in parts of the Rehmatya Colony endured the continuous demolition of over 2,000 homes. The destruction was at times brutal as screaming men, women and children watched bulldozers rip apart their homes. Police and city officials were reportedly laughing and abusing the victims while they ran to salvage whatever could be saved from the rubble. They were also armed with tear gas, batons and used force to ensure that no objections or protests would occur. Read more about PAKISTAN: City government forces eviction leaving thousands homeless and without food in Karachi