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Sindh approves houses for people affected by Karachi Nullah operations

KARACHI: The Sindh government has sanctioned the construction of dwellings for the displaced residents of three Nullahs in Karachi’s Malir Development Authority (MDA).

The decision was given during a cabinet meeting in Karachi presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.

During the meeting, it was announced that 6500 residences for affected people would be built at a cost of Rs 9.42 billion.

CM Murad Ali Shah told the cabinet meeting that the PPP-led Sindh government was determined to rehabilitate flood and encroachment, and remove victims.

He stated that extra measures are being done to alleviate poverty.

Previously, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm about the eviction of people living near Karachi’s Gujjar and Orangi nullahs.

“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,” said UN experts in a statement.

According to experts, the demolition of 12,000 buildings along Karachi nullahs may harm 96,000 people.

The experts were also concerned about the Supreme Court’s rejection of stay orders issued by the Anti-Encroachment Tribunal, which had prevented certain houses from being demolished.

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