KARACHI: The government of Sindh has taken a big decision regarding compensating the people affected by anti-encroachment drive.
The Sindh government announced to give 80 square yard (720 square feet) alternative plot to the affectees of the anti-encroachment operation in Karachi including those residing along Gujjar nullah. A commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court will be formed by the government, while, draft of the commission has been prepared by Sindh Government Spokesperson Barrister Murtaza Wahab.
The commission would provide alternative 80 square yard plots to the affectees. The commission would make arrangement for the plots for other affectees as well, while it would mull over compensating affectees of anti-encroachment operation against Nasla Tower and rest of the illegal buildings too.
On June 25, UN human rights experts had called on Pakistan to stop evicting about 100,000 people living along two of Karachi’s stormwater drains, locally known as nullahs – Gujjar nullah and Orangi nullah.
“These actions were undertaken by city authorities without adequate consultation with the affected residents, no relocation plan, and disparate and insufficient compensation for the displaced,” the experts had said.
Human rights law does not prohibit resettling people who live are exposed to significant flood risk. However, any project to reduce risks of natural disasters requires full compliance with international human rights norms, and guaranteeing that no one is rendered into homelessness, the UN had said.
On June 21, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had urged the Supreme Court to review the verdict against illegal buildings in Karachi.
Bilawal Zardari had said that his party wanted to construct homes for people and not to dismantle them.