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Evicting the homeless, keeping Islamabad beautiful?

Updated Jul 29, 2015 07:51pm


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Where will these people go, if evicted forcefully, without a rehabilitation plan? The government does not have an answer. —Photo by author
Where will these people go, if evicted forcefully, without a rehabilitation plan? The government does not have an answer. —Photo by author
Where will these people go, if evicted forcefully, without a rehabilitation plan? The government does not have an answer. —Photo by author
Where will these people go, if evicted forcefully, without a rehabilitation plan? The government does not have an answer. —Photo by author

Islamabad the Beautiful is perhaps the cleanest city in Pakistan, with the scenic Margalla hills and nature smiling down upon it from behind every boulevard. The underpasses and overhead bridges make one thank God for something that is going right in this country. However, there is more to it.

Snuggled amidst the planned sectors from E to I, there lies a population that shoulders the responsibility of sanitising this city of diplomats.

The corridors of power glisten from the sweat that pours down these ‘cleaners’ at the end of a hard day only to return to unhygienic squalors with minimum electricity, water and proper sewage disposal.

Also read: Pakistan’s urban policy: Turning cities into slums

There are community-specific slums in Islamabad; the slum found in the sector I-11 belongs primarily to the Afghan refugee population, while those in sectors F-6, F-7, G-7, G-8 and G-12 belong to the Pakistani Christian and Muslim population. The people that reside in these slums are inherently poor and lack basic facilities of life.

However, they perform a very important task of providing essential services to the permanent residents of Islamabad. Most of the male and female population in these slums is employed as sanitary workers, guards and cleaners in the Capital Development Authority, as well as in nearby households.

This not only provides the marginalised slum population with employment opportunities, but serves as a “cheap recruitment pool” for the well-to-do of the city.

Now, the tide is turning for the not-so-well-to-do of the city. The Capital Development Authority has, following an order from the Islamabad High Court, started an eviction process that has met with stiff resistance from the civil society within the city.

Know more: Slum-dwellers protest razing of homes

Usama Khilji, an activist from Islamabad, said,

The middle and elite class of Islamabad sees the slum dwellers of the city from a lens of privilege, not realising that without these low-cost housing with minimum facilities, the working class poor have nowhere to go.

Even those who wished the government to "uproot the squatter settlements overnight," believe that this should not be done unless there is alternate housing available.

"The CDA is committed to comply with its entrusted mandate as per the CDA Ordinance of 1960 and upholding of its master plan in all circumstances," said an officer of the Anti-Encroachment Wing of CDA on the condition of anonymity. "The CDA has expanded over the years, the Anti-Encroachment Wing was only added in 2006, so you can very well imagine how effective we are," he said.

So, while the CDA has a newfound motivation in the form of a court order, the civil society sees it as state-sanctioned forced eviction of the poor who have nowhere else to go.

Some believe the so-called civil society is standing up for the rights of the slum dwellers only because they offer cheap labour and an extensive pool of domestic servants, so it is not really the rights of the poor they fight for, but against the danger to their own standards of living.

I talked to Murtaza, a shop owner in the I-11 squatter settlement, who said he was originally from Mohmand Agency. According to him, someone from the government came three months ago and told the slum dwellers to vacate, but they didn't. The three-day notices kept coming, but the people did not move.

"If they force us out, we will go back to Mohmand," he said.

Others disagreed. Gulalai Khan, a fruit vendor originally from Mohmand Agency said he would not go back because it wasn't safe for his children.

"We are 10 people living in a small hut here, if they forcefully evict us, we will be on the road."

He said that he hoped a solution would come through from the jirga negotiating with the government, which has decided to hold off for two more days.

Faryab Gul, an entrepreneur from Islamabad believed the government should provide alternate housing to those who are Pakistanis and simply throw out the Afghans, for these settlements are nothing more than a den of drugs and crime, a danger to our children and our city.

Also read: Here's how to house the poor in Pakistan...

It is public knowledge that one can find all sorts of drugs and illegal alcohol from within some, if not all of these settlements, but the counterargument is, that crime is everywhere – what about the elite criminals living in mansions within the sectors of Islamabad?

The CDA has repeatedly tried to tackle this issue, but for one reason or another, progress has eluded us, as it is with almost every government entity. Some years ago, the Authority decided that out of the 11 recognised squatter settlements, five would be demolished, as they were built on plots for other purposes. These included Dhok Najju, Maskeenabad, Benazir Colony, Muslim Colony and Afghan Basti. The remaining ones in F-6/2, F-7/4, G-7/1, G-7/2, G-7/3 and G-8/1 were to be upgraded on an incremental basis.

The year is 2015 now, Afghan Basti and every other settlement is right where it was before. The settlements have become extensive elaborate towns within the city. The abadi found in the sector G-12 is so extensive that the residents have made luxury car showrooms, mansions and even hotels next to the Kashmir Highway.

All the internal roads of the city that divide Islamabad on a grid, stop at the end of G-11, after that is the wall of the Maira Abadi settlement – a sort of a no-man's land – and then, the orphaned sector G-13, forgotten and delinked from the rest of the city.

According to some residents of the Afghan Basti, there are over 5,000 people living there. Many more live in places like what could have been the sector G-12. Where will these thousands of people go, if evicted forcefully, without a rehabilitation plan?

The government does not have an answer. It just wants the land back.

The settlers have no answer either, they just want to stay put. Perhaps, what the government ought to do is devise a development program and offer low-cost housing.


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Siddique Humayun is a Policy Analyst and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

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Awan Jul 29, 2015 03:55pm

There is one huge Afghan basti in Islamabad. You will even see the flags of Afghanistan there. Just talk with these people and they will abuse Pakistan and most of them do not even agree that Pakistan even exists. So most of the inhabitants are not even Pakistanis and they hate Pakistan. Their incursion is infact dangerous for the future security of our country. Humanity should be respected. But if someone challenge your existence then you have to think otherwise.

Ahmed USA Jul 29, 2015 03:59pm

Remember people make a place beautiful and not buildings and structures... Let these folks stay there as they call it their home...

Joya Jul 29, 2015 04:12pm

There are many incidents where the criminals after robbery vanished in these slums. As there in no data pertaining to these dwellers, so no agency can have check on these criminals. In addition, these pockets provide safe house for the terrorist who initiate their operations in twin cities. So for the safety of precious lives of people living in twin cities, operation is right.

Baber Jul 29, 2015 04:12pm

Please let us get our Islamabad back to a beautiful city whatever it takes to do so. Those people and citizens who work hard to have beautiful surroundings cannot be taken to ransom by the government's lack of responsibility to not being able to house the needy.

Waseem Jul 29, 2015 04:22pm

CDA has backing of Pakistani courts. It is responsibility of Islamabad police to help CDA clean Islamabad from all illegal activities including state land theft and illegal occupation of prime CDA land. We don't want our city to become a city of slum and slum dwellers.

Nadeem Jul 29, 2015 04:24pm

You will never find CDA chasing the rich and powerful violators of zoning regulations - the owners of restaurants, guest houses and other businesses that operate with impunity in residential streets.

Kirankhan Jul 29, 2015 04:26pm

Best way to accommodate is to demolish old/mud houses in a planned way and construct temporary/ready-made-insulated-wall small quarter houses on a planned map. this will solve both the problem for gov to keep track of them and these temporary people as well. also beautification will also arise.

Pervaiz Jul 29, 2015 04:26pm

make plan to send the Afghan people back to their home land as peace is returning to Afghanistan. secondly the the majority of slum owners are the people who has been displaced by poverty and drought. the solution is not in displacing them the Govt. should create alternative ways of housing in the rural and small town to stop influx of these people.

sana Jul 29, 2015 04:27pm

I dont understand one thing why dont they go to pinid? pindi is so near and they can afford a house there??

Truth Jul 29, 2015 04:28pm

Those people who are saying that throw them away back who are here since 30 years ? what pakistanis are doing in european and other countries just for getting Nationalities within 2-5 years.

sana Jul 29, 2015 04:30pm

Why do we have to suffer if they cannot afford a rent here?

they can go anywhere.... why we have to see and bear crimes because of them? arent we this powerful that we cannot even vacate islamabad from these thugs?

samir Jul 29, 2015 04:34pm

I'm sorry but illegal slums are not allowed. Not matter what humanitarian arguments are used. Sending them to another place doesn't mean we are killing them. Pakistanis must stop being generous

samir Jul 29, 2015 04:35pm

@Kirankhan let Afghan govt build them in Afghanistan. They don't like Pakistan so it's better they go back home

Cynical Khan Jul 29, 2015 04:45pm

And what was CDA officials doing when these dwellers started moving to these areas? The court should also take this in to account.

Amin Jul 29, 2015 04:48pm

It is public knowledge that one can find all sorts of drugs and illegal alcohol from within some, if not all of these settlements, but the counterargument is, that crime is everywhere – what about the elite criminals living in mansions within the sectors of Islamabad? Behind the high moral ground verbosity is the fact that majority of these people are not registered with the LEAs. Hence they are the easy source of most crimes in Islamabad.

Saad Jul 29, 2015 04:49pm

@sana Pindi has the history that is dated back to centuries. not like this capital which has failed to cater for people from all backgrounds. These people has lived here for as long, probably longer than other High Class Isloos, and the responsibility lies on Islamabad to provide them shelter.

M.Saeed Jul 29, 2015 04:50pm

It is not about any forced eviction of the poor who have nowhere else to go but, forced eviction of the "Afghan Refugees" who are living on people's plots who have paid for them since ages and waiting to be developed by CDA and handed over to them. Besides, while the sanitary workers enclaves are well defined and authorized by CDA and essential-services workers, these Afghan refugees are only known to prowl in the city during night and steal everything they can lay hands on. Their most conspicuous job is stealing the steel man-hole covers.

Irritated Ex-Pakistani Jul 29, 2015 04:59pm

What shocking pictures of an Islamabad for which I had glorious memories of seeing through the window of our luxury hotel with the Margala hills as the backdrop.

Well of course the argument is Afghanis are our brothers. Who cares if the city becomes a slum. In reciprocation, I have met Afghanis who curse us as evil people. There goes the result of our hospitality out of the window.

KeyPoints Jul 29, 2015 05:07pm

Yes, they are pakistanis too. For many make shift hut-shelter, no clean water, no electricity, no school for poor children, no medical treatment. Than you have another Pakistan, royal families, owning many sugar mills, huge acerage of lands, palatial sprawling castle like houses, parties with 50 types of dishes, real state properties in Pakistan, Dubai and London, and ofcourse grooming younsters to take over political party leadership for next generation of poor pakistan, and play the same muk-muka as their parents. Thats democracy pakistani style.

JABOLO Jul 29, 2015 05:33pm

To all those born with a silver spoon, stop taunting the poor for not being able to pay rents!! They are certainly more hard working and worthy to live in Islamabad.

ayaz khan Jul 29, 2015 05:38pm

Most of them are tribals from momand agency not Afghanistan. They are out of their homes because of stupid strategic policy of our generals.

Nisar Jul 29, 2015 05:44pm

All those who think these people belong there, let me ask you this question, would you like to have illegal settlement in your neighbourhood? the answer in majority of the cases will be NO. Regardless of if they from Afghanistan or Pakistan, if they dont have the necessary approval and paper work, they dont deserve to be there. In western countries, this would not be allowed. I agree with some users who are in favour of the Afghans going back to their own country, we have acted as hosts for too many years, and have not got too much in return. So its time we only allowed the capable and law abiding Afghans to remain in Pakistan, al others should please leave with dignity. I dont know the future, but if Pakistanis were living in Afghanistan, they would not be allowed to live there more then a few years, not 30 years. We need to be realistic about this.

Javid Mir Jul 29, 2015 06:10pm

Please start the process of eviction, ejection and clearance. there is no arguement where they live and where they go. Tomorrow few more famailies from other parts of country will come and start there ordinary home setlements behind the parliment house and soon after few months or years they will also defend there temporary homes.

Ali Khan Jul 29, 2015 06:39pm

@Awan I think those flags are of a Political Party not a country. They are living there peacefully since decades and the crime ratio is 0%. How can they challenge our existence. Spread love not hate.

indian Jul 29, 2015 06:48pm

seeing the comments i get the impression from the pakistani that the problem is due to afghan refugee and there is no homeless people problem due to pakistani's growing population and poor supply of offordable housing. evicting slum dwellers rather than providing home is like how britishers treated people under their colony.

Arsalan Jul 29, 2015 07:11pm

@Awan stop your generalised hate mongering. They are humans first and Afghan's after.

Arsalan Jul 29, 2015 07:25pm

I am just generally appauld by some of the comments here...but not surprised. We are a very selfish people who (i) blame others for our problems (ii) grab what we can for ourselves and (iii) expect the Government to solve all our problems without us paying any taxes.

Here are some home truths: (1) These people are encroaching not because they want to live in squalor and with the uncertainty of being throw out of their homes. They are living there because they have no where else to go. (2) The Government cant just build and dish out homes to replace slums because it doesn't have the funds to do this.

The start of a solution is (i) pay these people a wage that allows them to live in homes where they are not squatting (ii) pay just taxes so the Government has the funds to subsidise the poor. Instead of apeing everything that is wrong with the West, try for once to learn someting the that is right in the West.

Waseem Jul 29, 2015 07:33pm

Islamabad is my city and I don't want to see its beauty and cleanliness ruined by slums and slum dwellers. they are illegal settlers and state land must be evacuated from them. Islamabad has both rural and urban areas, and rural life also has its own beauty. Most of the rural population is original inhabitants unlike these free riders how are social and economic burden on all those who pay taxes and obey laws.

Raja Farhat Abbas Jul 29, 2015 07:58pm

@Awan I agree with you 100%

LSKhan Jul 29, 2015 08:11pm


"(2) The Government cant just build and dish out homes to replace slums because it doesn't have the funds to do this."

You kind of contradict yourself in the next para "(i) pay these people a wage that allows them to live in homes where they are not squatting".

Great!!!! I myself do not have enough employment opportunities for these people (I already have three helpers on my payroll) and am not able to dish out my hard earned money recklessly.

Amina Jul 29, 2015 08:15pm

@Waseem Islamabad my city too. Beautiful city. Mountains, streams, lake and great planning. I left Islamabad longtime ago but now feel like going back. Every thing has to be done legally and CDA has to be tough on illegal settlers.

Asad Jul 29, 2015 08:20pm

@indian Pakistanis get annoyed because after hosting 3 million legal and illegal afghans, tolerating slums across our major cities, crimes, attacks on polio teams, harbouring militants, illegally obtaining Pakistani citizenship etc etc some Afghans still have the audacity to diss Pakistan courtesy of Hamid Karzai's propaganda over the last decade.

I'm not saying Pakistanis aren't involved in similar things but we have enough of our own problems and don't need unthankful Afghans to compound the issues.

There are plenty of legal hardworking afghans in Pakistan also and no one has an issue with them.

Arslan Jul 29, 2015 08:23pm

@Truth Pakistani migrants in UK etc are small in numbers and are economic migrants mostly whereas Afghan migrants to Pak count in millions and don't treat Pak as their home either. Pakistan should never give them citizenships based on time. Afghanistan is their home and they should be made to return.

dania Jul 29, 2015 08:43pm

With all measures taken for the safe return of the refugees, it is govt's responsibility to provide housing to all the citizens. Govt houses/ apartments should be given to the homeless. Then the city govt can have some right to check upon the activities of the residents. If you let them occupy any area for dwelling, then how can the activities be monitored?

Juliana Fitzwater Jul 29, 2015 08:54pm

Should we allow people to capture government land just because they are poor? Afghans should go back to camp. Pakistani slum dwellers should be provided agriculture training and resettled / allocated land in an uninhabited area

Taimur Jul 29, 2015 09:04pm

Those who think they are all poor and can't afford houses live in fools paradise. Come to the Katchi Basti next to Margalla Town ( near Murree Road). Most of the residents are owners of trucks. Remember it is very difficult for poor people to grab land. There are always influential people behind those occupying government properties.

Amina Jul 29, 2015 09:06pm

@Arslan US has serious illegal immigrants issue. But see how they address this issue. Every thing is available on the Internet. The illegal immigrants in US are productive though most of the jobs they do start with D (Dangerious, Dirty, Diehard). Ok as long as they are doing it willingly. Stability in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan. These folks will go back happily once Afghanistan become advanced and resourceful and wealthy.

Shakil Ahmed Khan Jul 29, 2015 09:11pm

Afghans should be rehabilitated back in Afghanistan or in Afghan Refugee camps. In Pakistan its wrong notion that you just go and set up slump anywhere and then protest we live here for many years so this is their land! Authorities need to clear the land, if government has some disposable land, it can allocate them, even better if they set up cheaper houses for them. Its world over phenomenon poor cant afford to have homes in mega cities, they had to travel distance to get to work. Thats where Pindi Metro bus come into play.

Khan- USA Jul 29, 2015 10:10pm

clean Islamabad and accommodate these people in a different area and if Afghan repatriate them to Afghanistan ASAP.

sana Jul 29, 2015 10:44pm

All these so called slums are the den of criminals, they hide so many criminals that even police cant go there....where do you think they hide kidnapped people, drugs and illegal migrants?

they are not even on the radar of agencies.......these people show themselves poor and occupy land, then grab so much money from the land mafia, foreign agents etc that a hard working honest individual cant even earn in his whole life!

And Afghans over there are doing a business of drugs and hiding Indian agents......On any given day they will kill a Pakistani for and afghan and will be proud of that..

BABA DE KAMAQLANO Jul 29, 2015 11:07pm

There is a famous saying that every good fortune has a crime behind. Some of the commentators call them criminals but I would like to tell them that if they were criminals they would have been living in Bungalows just like you instead of living in mud houses under pathetic conditions.

light out city Jul 29, 2015 11:07pm

@KeyPoints build a slum infornt of white house then we will listen to you and your like minded. till then, save it.

light out city Jul 29, 2015 11:08pm

@Ali Khan take them to your home ... why let them take someone's polt? easier when someone else pays for it? eh?

Niaz Ali Jul 30, 2015 12:04am

Some Afganis abusing Pakistan or being disloyal to it makes no basis for their forced eviction. Humanity comes first. The government should arrange for alternate residences for them before rehabilitating them to their own country. After all who knows who is responsible for their ills. Our country has to answer for a lot of ills afflicting them.

Cyrus Jul 30, 2015 12:04am

China and Zimbabwe did not have answers either when they cleared slums and plowed houses down. It is a crowded world.

Ghaznavi Jul 30, 2015 12:29am

It is a good step. Squatters must be discouraged. Lesson should be learned from North Nazimabad Karachi. It was destroyed by Sindh government by legalizing the slums in bad faith. The objective was to implant PPP vote bank by rewarding the son of soils. Here Sindh the government provided them with utilities like electricity, gas and water. Guess what? they never pay bills and the collectors simply lump up the their bills to the legal residents.

Ghaznavi Jul 30, 2015 12:30am

@Niaz Ali Afghans need to go back home

sana Jul 30, 2015 01:10am

@Niaz Ali Afghanistan is answerable to them.....they should thank us that they are alive here and plundering our resources or else they would have been ....

ashar Jul 30, 2015 01:19am

Similar operation is required in Karachi. More than 40% of the city land is covered with Katchi Abadis, mostly comprising of illegal settlements forced by land grabbers behind them and political leaders who have always wanted to get hold of the city in order to create their influence for criminal activities. Rangers should also resort to eliminate political terrorism in the city.

Iqbal Khan Jul 30, 2015 02:08am

The solution is to bring up the underdeveloped areas by constructing infrastructure and industries or promoting micro financing to locals that can reduce people shifting from place to place.

Shujaat Khan Jul 30, 2015 02:44am

Why cant Pakistan build low income housing for it's citizens?

Kuppai Jul 30, 2015 03:26am

@Awan Awesome! Serves you right.

Doniya Jul 30, 2015 04:31am

Pakistan should forget about deporting afghanis. Afghans are living everywhere in Pakistan that it will take 100 years to deport them if they stayed in Afghanistan after deportation and never come back to Pakistan.

m m amin Jul 30, 2015 06:26am

Sympathy with poor @ the cost of poor allot-tees who paid the CDA decades ago? And this for those who are illegal occupants;and non citizens? Those who are narcotic and fire arms pedlars ? Dens of crime/prostitution ? What a source of cheap labor .Please spare Islamabad of this bounty . There must be an end to land grabbers or you shall soon see a version of "china cutting " . Viva CDA. Please speed it up.

Sonny Afridi Jul 30, 2015 06:55am

Relocate them elsewhere. Please keep Islamabad the Federal Capital what it always was and will be: a clean, green, organized and developed city. Federal govt. should devote more funds for subsidized housing by cutting subsidies for energy. 8% of our GDP is spent on subsidizing fuel when we shouldnt be. If automobile sales are booming the way they are it means those on the road have the money to spend on fuel. But please no slums in Islamabad, no refugees (except IDPs who are Pakistani).

Agha Ata Jul 30, 2015 07:16am

Poverty is a good place to visit, but one should never live there. I am sure these people would come out these colonies and live a better life.

Sonny Afridi Jul 30, 2015 08:22am

If the poor are poor, they shouldnt have 10 children. They have absolutely NO right to be producing children they cant even afford to feed.

TechnoKraft Jul 30, 2015 11:10am

There is a moral and ethical aspect to it but it is not fare to just build your space for free and start living for free where ever u want while others in the city have built their houses with due cost and pay bills and taxes

The islooites don't want to and dont deserve to see dirty rubbish, foul smell, ugly vehicles, naked kids and dirty looks in their neighborhoods. It also creates a bad image of the Capital city for foreigners and diplomats

CDA must come up with a rehabilitation plan and move them ALL away from the main city into the suburbs. There is plenty of space. Islooites ll have no problem with that cause they provide housing to servants along with other amenities who work for them. All non-Paks shud be deported

QK Jul 30, 2015 11:23am

Being poor got nothin to do with fact, that all crime in Islamabad comes from there. And Afghans can go back to their country, what good did they ever bring to pakistan, Weapons, drugs, ransome kidnapping. You name it they have it. On top of that , they are Pakistan haters. It' about time some one Iis doing something about it. Pak Army Zindabad

Sheikh Khalid Jul 30, 2015 11:24am

The number of concrete building violations of the nullahs in Islamabad and Rawalpindi is quite ridiculous.

rehan Jul 30, 2015 01:26pm

There is no record of who lives in these areas . That is a major problem. And in a lot of the cases , they are living on Government property. We had a plot in D-12 which we could not sell for many years as it was encroached upon.

rehan Jul 30, 2015 01:47pm

These "poor" people have bigger connections than most people who are commenting here. They are encroaching on Government land and trying to move them is not an easy task at all.

Haroon Jul 30, 2015 01:53pm

I remember driving domestic labour back to their slums after they finished their work. Initially the Slum was close to our house so it was very convenient for all of us. Now the slum has moved a bit far away (E12). Still is fine. I really think these people deserver better place and that they belong to the city as mush as the rich do. The people of Islamabad are the most educated in Pakistan and still it is heart breaking to see comments against the poor people. I would have expected the civil society to stand with these people. I think they should be properly re-rehabilitated and incorporated into the master plan. What mater plan CDA talks about? They have themselves on numerous occasions deviated from the plan. Take for example the mess in Shakerparian where they have cut so much of protected green space.

rehan Jul 30, 2015 01:55pm

@m m amin Well said. My family suffered due to encroachment like this and it was many many years before our plot was cleared of encroachment and was ready for sale !

rehan Jul 30, 2015 01:58pm

A couple of days ago, CDA tried to carry out an operation to clear some encroachment. They miserably failed and could not do any thing as the encroachers are deeply entrenched.

Jatt Jul 30, 2015 02:33pm

@Truth Pakistanis are legal migrants and follow a legal process and that results in Status in european countries. Afghans are not legal migrants and should have left decades ago.

Jatt Jul 30, 2015 02:34pm

@ayaz khan No most of them are Afghans and they are not at all Pakistanis.

Jatt Jul 30, 2015 02:40pm

@Awan Very Good comment, I agree.

Dr. Talat Jul 30, 2015 02:57pm

Dear so-called human rights activists. The matter is not that simple. Three years back an imam, belonging to our village in Bannu district, and who prays in one of Islamabad mosques intentionally bought a piece of land on nominal price (3 laks) in the hope that one day this occupation would legalize and he would become an owner of a piece of land worth millions of rupees. He has land and house in Bannu district. So it is not a humanitarian issue, it is black business. Throw these encroachers along with their supporters out of Islamabad.

Salaar khan Jul 30, 2015 03:13pm

A much needed operation, It should continue. After I-11 the operation against illegal occupation should be extended to other places. The kachhi abadi near Bari imam is just opposit PM and President houses which is a security concern. An endavour should be made so that those illegal occupants do not fall back. Moreover these afghan refugees should now be sent to back to their own beloved country Afghanistan.

shazada Zahid Malik-Loan Jul 30, 2015 03:26pm

The Afghans have every right to be here. The Afghans work very hard and have contributed to the econ0my of Pakistan immensely and those calling for their expulsion are bigots and have no right to speak like that. The drug, prostitutions, people trafficking, encroachments are the entire phenomenon found amongst the people of the Punjab. The Afghans by comparison are very law abiding citizens. Does anyone disagree?

BABA DE KAMAQLANO Jul 30, 2015 03:30pm

@Dr. Talat . Why should they all be thrown out of Islamabad? Do you intend buying the city or have they occupied your personal land?

Agha Asad Raza Jul 30, 2015 05:17pm

These Afghan people have NO loyalty towards Pakistan, eviction is a must, but in Phases and with persuasion and firmness. As far as the other 'bastis' are concerned they too need to be moved to suitable places where the Government can provide low-cost housing. Lets hope it works and the mess is cleared.

Waseem Jul 30, 2015 05:18pm

@Amina absolutely, you are right. Islamabad is our city, our parents and grand parents hard work and honest contributions made this city a unique city in the world. We won't let illegal settlers highjack a peaceful city and its dwellers who pay taxes and obey laws.

a patriot Jul 30, 2015 06:01pm

Afghans are burden on our economy, they are ruined our society. Should be sent home asap. We are fed up with these people. They are no more welcome in Pakistan. Please go home.

anita turab Jul 30, 2015 08:13pm

They should be kicked out of the country asap. General Zia called them. We did not.

Khaled Jul 30, 2015 08:53pm

What is CDA afraid of and doesn't evict the violators who are conducting business in residential house in F/7 despite Islamabad high court and Supreme court orders, is it not contempt . Why is it always the poor defenseless and down trodden who have to suffer at the hands of the authorities? Who is stopping the CDA to conduct similar action, why? don't they take police and rangers to F/7 to exercise their writ.

rash Jul 30, 2015 08:58pm

1-Afghans need to go back immediately 2-CDA is the most wealthiest and most corrupt, so needs to be cleansed 3- Greenzones need to be build as parks, the area between F and G sector is dirt land, 4- Margala hills and surrounding need to be protected 5- Malls and museum and sports complex need to be build but further from city center

نثار احمد Jul 30, 2015 09:34pm

Correction: The residents of these Bastis were not Afghan migrants but IDPs of Bajaur, Mohmand and Swat.. Army operations made them live in Bastis, Army operations kick them back from Bastis..

sheraz Jul 30, 2015 09:40pm

While it is important to evict the encroachers, arrangements be in place to strictly monitor the enforcement of land use regulations. Its not about haves and have nots but encroachers and land grabbers. I hope the operation will expand to eradicate the encroachments in residential sectors too. Bravo CDA

Shailesh Jul 30, 2015 10:41pm

Please study SRA PROJECT of mumbai, we have Slum Redevelopment Authority, and very transperent systems for slum redevelopment with private builder's participants. ....slum owners get 340 sq.ft. flat for free in new buildings with lumpsum amount of 10 to 15 lakhs for each slum deposited in bank account for maintainance, government gives additional area for development which is sold in open market,and 10% built area given to government for allotting to needy at concessions rate, all building are separated and have deferent amenities. It is win win situation for all concerned.

Shailesh Jul 30, 2015 10:46pm

Slum or say small house dwelling is necessary for labour class of every metropolitan city, how you get maid, drivers,cheap labour if you don't have accommodation for them.

Awan Jul 30, 2015 10:54pm

@نثار احمد The operation in Agencies started one year ago. These people existed there for than 15 years. So your argument that they are IDPs is absolutely false. These people are not IDPs, rather this argument is arising to stop their eviction.

Raza Jul 30, 2015 10:57pm

Poor are labeled as Afghans. They from SWAT, NWFP. They become victim of Disputes and homeless in their own country

Noor Jul 30, 2015 11:21pm

If they're forced to evict the govt should at least be responsible for their rehabilitation. Give them housing, provide them with jobs. Is it really that hard?

Mohsin Jul 31, 2015 12:31am

Its about time that writ of the govt. is established step by step. Where in world would you see the capital city becoming hostage to land grabbers at the expense of actual allotees. This attitude of inaction has resulted in land mafia, local politicians and CDA conniving to destruction of a well planned city.There are many sectors in Islamabad which have been allotted for 30 years and grabbed by this greedy lot. In most of the casaes,the poor people are exploited and just a face for this illegal activity, Anyone having doubt should visit what is G-12 of Islamabad today and suggest how this will ever be developed. Well done courts at last, police and some conscientious CDA people.

Mohsin Jul 31, 2015 12:56am

---and end this comedy going on for many years where houses are used for commercial activity. One warning by CD here and two court cases and it goes on even at faster pace, enough now. There is absolutely no reason for this to go one----Get back the original Islamabad for next generations.

yussouf m mir Jul 31, 2015 01:20am

you do not see slums in most of the countries in islamabad cda is the culprit these slums will breed crime and must go follow the law

BNS Jul 31, 2015 02:12am

It is not a matter of beauty of the city, it is a matter of implementing the law. Yes, most of the people who live in slums are unfortunate but that does not mean they can break the law. One can not live somewhere that does not belong to them. Is is unfortunate that they do not have resources and we have sympathy for the same but that does not give them right to tarnish things for those who had worked hard to get the same.

Confused Jul 31, 2015 02:40am

The civil society can gather funds and buy homes for these people. It is not the obligation of the government of Pakistan to rehabilitate Afghans when many more Pakistanis live in conditions much worse that this.

These people inhabit land that is not theirs. The law of the land must be followed.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Jul 31, 2015 02:44am

Islamabad was planned for the elite, and by the elite. That is why no provision has been made for any labor colony the same story is repeated in all the posh localities such as DHA in Lahore and Karachi. The planners who are mostly civil and military bureaucrats who have this elitist mind set do not make any provision for lesser humans in town planning, the result is Katchi Abadee. The cleaners and laborers can't arrive to work using their helicopters?.....

Random Jul 31, 2015 03:24am

The government remove the slums or land mafia as they don't own the land. The took over my grandfathers property and claimed it theirs and the Sind government has dont nothin to evict them or to give a replacement piece of land. Why doesn't the government buy some apartments and offer these people some cheap accomodation.

As a country we need to get to serious about issues impacting the people and the country. It's high time something was done..grow up and do something please

kamran Jul 31, 2015 05:14am

@Truth when overseas paksitani get nationality from other countries in 2-5 years they contribute to that society they are not saying bad things about that country like these afghani refugees and the overseas are not criminals as any criminals cant obtain nationality so i am all for sending these refugees back and the pakistani nationals should be given alternate housing but this operation has to happen and should be expanded to otehr slums as well as these have become crime dens and no one can deny that as well as safe havens for terrorists so better to deal with it now then have innocent people suffer for trying to show humanity. I think housing should be provided to the pakistani nationals there is so much land which is still under utlized in islamabad instead of selling it off to soceities they should make affordable housing to these people.

Brar Jul 31, 2015 06:42am

@Cynical Khan At that time they badly needed them and the courts are worried about people like Ayan Ali not the poor for our politicalparties they are not human beings but only votes bas.

Brar Jul 31, 2015 06:56am

@Arslan Keeping in mind your logic all Pakistanis who are asking for political asylum in UK or other countries should be turned back to Pakistan their country of origin,my dear friend no one leaves his home happily but the circumstances compel a man to leave the lands where his ancestors lived for ages.

majid malik Jul 31, 2015 07:22am

Islamabad can be compared with the modern planned cities of the world. You will find that it is not a well planned city. No more than 1 small cars can pass in a typical street. So it is absolute waste of land and money. It does not support the future growth at all.

Why worry about low abadies in the city

Muhammad Awais Jul 31, 2015 08:54am

I have personally watched them abusing Pakistan and throwing stones on vehicles and trains. I can never forget an old wounded woman in train who was stoned by the residents of the slum. Regretfully, they are dangerous for Islamabad, and there must be residing foreign agents. Pakistan must stop being generous otherwise it is a big threat to Pakistan.

Samad Chaudhry Jul 31, 2015 09:38am

For a change let us applaud CDA for taking action and removing illegal occupation. It is a beautiful city and let us keep it clan; a show piece of capitals.

Engr Jul 31, 2015 10:26am

all the sectors in Islamabad should free of illegal basti's. we feel proud whenever we visit Islamabad due to its scenic beauty, beautiful homes and green enviroment. it is the only city we can somehow compare to some foreign city. I wish if all the afghans are thrown out of Pakistan. They have contaminated the minds of our pakistani pashtuns.

Zak Jul 31, 2015 04:05pm

Don't evict them, but move them to other well organized areas designated for them. Foreign funded terrorists hiding there should be apprehended and put in jail.

Hindutavi Rakshas Jul 31, 2015 04:48pm

This is injustice Isb is as much for poor as much for rich. If they are really interested to clean Isb then do it without destroying their homes and gives them some space there so they can stay and keep their places clean and provide proper admin to keep all such places clean will be good for their kids as well. Pakistanis needs to avoid discriminating people among their own nation.Even if they are settler they are Pakistanis now as their kids born in PAKISTAN.

Hindutavi Rakshas Jul 31, 2015 04:58pm

@Awan if a persons personal views can challenge state then state must be so weak, All the people can raise any flag as far as they are not dis respecting Pakistani flag, by raising flag does not mean as per UN laws the territory goes to that flag country.Just be open towards your fellow Muslim bro and sisters who suffered so much because of our own policies one cannot imagine their pain and misery and even at this time how could Pakistani expel such people who helped Pakistan in the past immensely AND Pakistani and Muslims got security and stability when conquered came here from Afghanistan to conquer this part of the world.Even the saints came from there and spread the light of awareness enlightenment and broke the shackles of pagan deities.

usman Jul 31, 2015 06:12pm

where would they go? they are citizens, if you evict them like that, what would they do? chances are they will be involved in criminal activities to satisfy the hunger, stupid decision by the authorities

Mohsin Khan Jul 31, 2015 10:16pm

Dear CDA , hearts should be neat & clean. There is no need of eviction of masses.

Khan Aug 03, 2015 09:27pm

invariably, this particular settlement has been the hotbed of all kinds of narcotics and drinks for the people of Pindi and Islamabad. All organised crimes committed in Islamabad including those related to terrorism have a linkage to this slum. Most of the residents keep a small hut in this settlement apart from their actually homes with hopes of getting some sort of compensation from Govt someday. Prostitution too is a serious matter of concern here.