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Historian and chronicler Gul Hasan Kalmati speaks at the seminar on Monday. ─ White Star
Historian and chronicler Gul Hasan Kalmati speaks at the seminar on Monday. ─ White Star

KARACHI: Towns such as Bahria coming up in the rural areas around the city will change the demographics of Karachi. They are a big game being played in the name of development; they bulldoze the rights of the indigenous people and are like atom bombs to wipe off the poor population of this country.

These were some of the views expressed by writers, historians, researchers and experts at a seminar, ‘Bahria Town: Development or Destruction’, organised by Save Sindh Committee at PMA House here on Monday.

“Malik Riaz did not own even an inch of land when announcing the Bahria Town project and yet he collected billions through bookings. The land came later thanks to some big bribes for politicians,” said historian and chronicler Gul Hasan Kalmati.

“Today, work is under way on 23,300 acres though the target is grabbing 43,000 acres of land for this project because already we can see activities beyond the boundaries where there are some eight to nine Goths, or villages. Actually, their activities affect 45 such villages as their animals can no longer graze inside the boundary, etc,” he explained the repercussions that, according to the expert, were only just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

“It is obvious why the PPP and PML-N have turned a blind eye towards Bahria Town but why are the sardars quiet?” said Kalmati. “That is because they have also been bought. Ten per cent from Bahria Town goes directly into their pockets,” he answered his own question. “The sardars are so powerful that had they wanted, there would have been no Bahria Town.”

“There are some 30 projects around the Superhighway that have been on hold for years due to the issue of utilities such as water and power reaching there. But for Bahria Town everything has been arranged, like getting power by laying a cable from Gadap and water lines and boring water that was meant for agriculture, and for which even a company as big as Nestle was not allowed to operate from there, is now diverted towards the town,” Kalmati said.

Architect, development expert and town planner Arif Hasan said that the rural areas around Karachi were reserved for agriculture in the first plan of Karachi in 1953, something that was repeated in the 1958 plan and the 1989 plan for 2000. “Some work on this started, too, but then it stopped due to pressure from land-grabbers,” he said.

About all this land being developed for townships for the elite, Arif Hasan shared that 350,000 plots lay vacant in Karachi. “This is how the rich invest, by holding land. Phase eight in the DHA was started some 28 years ago and most of it still remains bare. Now we are told that two million people will live in DHA City and 3.5 million will live in Bahria Town. Will they all come and live there like they do in Phase eight of the DHA? Live there or not, they will own land there, of course,” the development expert explained.

“Malik Riaz was able to acquire the most land here. He also has projects in Lahore and Islamabad but some transparency still exists there to stop him from having his way,” he said.

Arif Hasan had a few suggestions that can stop such high profile land-grabbers from having their way such as not allowing anyone to own more than 500 yards, not giving loan for constructing a house to anyone twice and heavy fee or tax on non-utilisation of land. “But will our assemblies pass such laws?” he said.

Finally, Baloch leader and president of the Awami Workers Party Yousuf Masti Khan said that Sindh’s weakness lay in its feudals willing to do anything to remain powerful. “But we the middle class and the poor must struggle against such elements. Your land is your ‘mother’. Do not let go of it so easily. Guard it with your life,” he said.

“Make no mistake about it. This is investment, not development. Had it been development, we would have seen the building of schools and hospitals for the indigenous people of these areas. Instead they are being driven away. Bahria Town and others like it are atom bombs for wiping out the poor,” he said.

Writer and columnist Abdul Khaliq Junejo and researcher and journalist Fahim Zaman also spoke.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2016

Comments (100) Closed

Ahamd May 17, 2016 08:27am

Urban planning failed us. Its govt responsibility to provide new homes however Govt are not capable to work , there are huge space that its not in Karachi , its in every city of Pak..

Lets make urban planning division in Pak now and immediately

Ayub May 17, 2016 08:27am

Malik Riaz is obliging the rich people at the cost of the poor. He is doing a disservice to poor people. The poor peoples are hoodwinked through the free meal and in some case free medical treatment. We want homes for the shelterless first.

Khwaja Ali Shahid May 17, 2016 08:44am

"Had it been development, we would have seen the building of schools and hospitals for the indigenous people of these areas.."

  • quite evident, a glaring truth. Amazing work bringing the bitter reality to the readers.
Pakistan1 May 17, 2016 08:51am

Why are you freaking out now? The land was always there why didn't you ask for school and hospitals then?

Najam May 17, 2016 09:02am

Thanks for sharing

Zulfikar Ahmed May 17, 2016 09:10am

There is a huge difference between 'development' and 'investment'. The dividends from the former accrue to everyone, while the later pays off to the investor. Decide for yourself whether BT is a development or an investment project!

Fazal Karim May 17, 2016 09:17am

Thousands of acres in and around Karachi have been grabbed by land mafia with the of Sindh and Karachi city governments. The land so grabbed has been converted into slums creating all sorts of problems including serious law and order. Malik Riaz acquisition of land may not be transparent but he is doing great service by developing planned colonies all over Pakistan, task where governments have miserably failed. How ever I am against further extension of Karachi because it can not sustain addition of another ten million people within next five years. Half of the present city is experiencing acute shortage of water, it will be criminal to deny them water and divert it to Baharia Town. Sindh government( if there is any such thing) should first provide necessary infrastructure to government approved and laid out housing schemes. Malik Riaz sahib is requested to shift Baharia town to some place beyond Hyderabad.

Zulfiqar Ali Qureshi May 17, 2016 09:29am

I was present their what a insightful debate, words surely have the power to challenge the might

Fazal Karim May 17, 2016 09:31am

Malik Riaz sahib has shown extra ordinary capability in development and maintenance of housing schemes with good infra structure and amenities. He will do great service, which I am sure he can, by developing industries on the pattern of PIDC during Ayoob Khan government. Government should provide free land for establishing such factories in Bahaia Industrial Estates. Malik Riaz should develop industries and run them for first five years and then sell them to overseas and local entrepreneurs.

Sad May 17, 2016 09:32am

Other nations invest in education, healthcare, human resource development, we invest in the above, and then blame others for our backwardness.

Akil Akhtar May 17, 2016 09:41am

It is sad that in Pakistan the one exploiting us is considered a savior just because they run a few charities from ill gotten wealth.

vaqas May 17, 2016 09:46am

I have been travelling the highway since 1991. And all I remember on these swathes of land being developed is dust and desert as far as the eye could see, and the eye can see quite a distance sitting in a bus. So whatever villages they are talking about are certainly not indigenous, definitely not legal and unless their animals ate sand, I don't know what grazing pastures they are referring to. To me it sounds like smaller land grabbers got kicked out by larger grabbers and now the smaller grabbers are crying foul play. So pathetic.

Danish May 17, 2016 09:49am

Bahria Town is not for the elite, it is for lower middle class as the ready made 200 yards house in Bahria Town costed for PKR 7.5m. You dont find such a property anywhere in Karachi.


Adeel May 17, 2016 09:53am

Nobody would pay heed to their hue and cry!!! DHA & Bahria Town are top land grabbers, even in Punjab I was astonished to know that a proposed dam near Islamabad was asked to be shifted to make some housing scheme of DHA or Askari...

Local May 17, 2016 10:06am

Death of local culture, civilization & heritage in the name of development!

Mansoor May 17, 2016 10:20am

I wonder what they have to say about the DHA City

Afroz May 17, 2016 10:21am

Anybody who knows about Karachi is aware of the fact that the area where development of Bahria Town Karachi (BTK) is being carried out is a barren land and there was traces of villages dotted and scattered in that area. Hence, despite the bad reputations of Malik Riaz in land grabbing, it is said that this development of BTK has provided lots of earning opportunity for the area of people living around the vicinity of that area.

So, I believe BTK is not only has given opportunity to poor people to keep the wolf away from the door and helping to make a life out of this development project but it has also helped in running and lubricating the wheel of economy in Karachi. business

Danish May 17, 2016 10:30am

for the poor? do these poor people own the land? when did they buy it? can i start my live stock business in that area without owning land? will you support me then? i dont have a house in karachi. i live on salary and pay my taxes. i cannot afford to buy a house in karachi..... bahria town is giving me a good affordable option for my future. please tell me what is wrong with it?

Khuram Nisar May 17, 2016 10:47am

Bahria town is blessing in disguise. Pakistan needs serious (proper) development planning that Govt. has failed to do so over last 70 years. Population growth and Housing crisis are two biggest challenges of Pakistan population.

Malik Riaz is the only guy who is giving plots to original owners and poor public with little money as well. All the landowners are getting proper share otherwise they are not selling it. I don't understand the purpose of protest...

All the Rawalpindi landowners of Bahrain town are roaming around in Land Cruisers with the money they got...

If some guy is doing good work by providing good living standard housing to all the societies; they why don't we let him do the good work.

Ali May 17, 2016 10:51am

they dont even know how to spell bahria town

KH May 17, 2016 10:51am

Politicians are looting Pak and Bahria is developing it but the way Bahria acquiring land should be transparent. No one points one corrupt politician why they are depriving poors and needy people of Pak. Contrary to above news Bahria is for poor and middle class not for elite class.

Sane May 17, 2016 10:59am

None other to blame but PPP

Mamu May 17, 2016 11:03am you have a better option of how to utilize the barren land??? NO! And mind it. Land is not your mother. Your mother is your mother. Can ou afford to buy Phase 8 land? I cant, that is why i would love to invest in Bahria town.

syed wasim haider May 17, 2016 11:10am

The best option for Baharia Town is to build low cost houses for the local people to satisfy these under previlaged villagers.

Farooq May 17, 2016 11:10am

Who cares for poor? Is there a single step that is meant for poor? Orange train, metro buses, motorways.... Poor need food, health facilities, education, jobs... Government or private both are based on capitalists and their vested interests. This is the way world works atleast in Pakistan.

Shahzad Ahmed May 17, 2016 11:13am

When local Sardars failed to develop schools, hospital and infrastructure someone must fill this is in their interest to keep local people poor.

Wasif May 17, 2016 11:20am

somehow the so-called indigenous people were not land grabbers in the first place? what about the countless goths in karachi which spring up along-side all the new developments and then become a cesspool of crime and plunder.

naji May 17, 2016 11:21am

Bahria town is doing great work. It was basically govt. of Pakistan's responsibility to built new towns and housing societies.

Malik May 17, 2016 11:25am

Its better for the land to be developed by Bahria Town than to leave it as it has been for the past 70 years. Atleast it gives the people of Karachi to live in a secure environment. And the prices of bahria town are nowhere near DHA, so the prime purchasers of houses in Bahria Town will be the younger population and middle classs. It is not for the Elite. About the villagers, compensate them in a fair manner and let them be on their way, no need to get so sentimental about land.

Dr. Syed Rizvi May 17, 2016 11:26am

What comes out of seminar is the desired stoppage of all planned housing development activities by private investors. As a researcher I am amazed at the conclusions highlighted by these individuals especially the language used to cause alarm. They should read urban and rural planning development initiatives in U.K . Their analysis is subjective; as the facts speak something else; Bahria towns and alike are private housing estate development activities which is good to solve housing problem in the country especially big cities. It meets the needs of the people to live in a secure peaceful and well managed location free from power and gas outages. As academics we must be neutral, knowledgeable and well informed on issues that we talk.

SYED ZULFIQAR May 17, 2016 11:27am

Has any body think to reside the people living in these villages there is scarcity of resources and abundance ignorance. Malik Riaz has really turned the land into dream land. We need few people like him otherwise our politicians will fill only their kitty.

Jazib May 17, 2016 11:29am

You are asking people to guard their land with life? Why? Economy flourishes when assets are bought and sold, when men with means acquire land, they develop it. The indigenous people should be given market-price of their land. This is what seminar should have focuses on,

Karachiite May 17, 2016 11:31am

In next 10-15 years Karachi would have become the biggest city of this world in terms of area and population probably bigger than many countries of the world but unfortunately there is no one to take the ownership and the uncontrolled use of natural resources would eventually lead to a huge disaster.

Layman May 17, 2016 11:32am

Yeah, and who is going to account the owners?

Layman May 17, 2016 11:35am

The mess created by this company in Islamabad by cutting thousands of trees and using heavy machinery to dig and destroy natural beauty and habitat makes one cry.

President Trump May 17, 2016 11:44am

In order to safeguard the poor an percentage of housing should be offered to then at discounted rates in all developments - this is the normal practice in cities like London

A Aziz May 17, 2016 11:51am

Even if half of this has truth, then as a community, we have to make a voice against this. Morally and ethically, it is shameful for the investors to displace villagers. Malik Riaz should come out and explain if that has been the case and offer them a percentage of Baharia town share in compensation. It is a he duty of our supreme court to take suo moto notice, COAS and PM to take action.

Wasim Ahmed May 17, 2016 11:54am

You can't stop development. you can't go against time. Yes transparency and rights of local land owners should be protected.

Issah May 17, 2016 12:03pm

Inequality and injustice will destroy Pakistan.

Muhammad May 17, 2016 12:05pm

There are thousands of acres land still available. Make village and let these poor poeple live there. They dont own the land so Govt has right to move them.

I would strongly support Bahria town alteast they are delivering what they are committing.

Optimist May 17, 2016 12:05pm

Unfortunately they never claimed their rights with PPP govt who is in power for last 45 years and now whole Sindh even Karachi is turned into Moenjodaro,,, Malik Riaz is not an angel and wherever he will see the opportunity to make money he grabs it. Ideally people should not be deprived of their lands however Sind Govt is part of the whole plan so they should complain with CM who has allotted the land.

fida USA May 17, 2016 12:07pm

One day the poor themselves will become Atom Bomb and remove the land grabbers. That day is not too far.

M Jamal May 17, 2016 12:18pm

In Pakistan the corrupts and those who corrupt others are the most influential and powerful,so long live corruption.

SAEED MASOOD May 17, 2016 12:24pm

No one will understand all this in this country because the standard of education is very low...the opportunists will benefit only..

Javed Akhter May 17, 2016 12:32pm

Agreed on the views of participants of Seminar

YK May 17, 2016 12:48pm

Please do not stop Quality products being reaching to people of Pakistan .... let the quality come to every ones houses.

Anonymous May 17, 2016 12:49pm

@Pakistan1 dude haven't u read it .. government is doing nothing even to supply water and other daily need like power to local people and ur talking abt schools and hosptials. If government can allow water drinage and power to bahira town why didn't they allotted it to the villages before.. damn you guys so blind even after reading whole thing you have the audacity to blame poor people why they r freaking out now.. I wish it was your home then you will understand

Karachitee May 17, 2016 12:50pm

I agree with all your concerns but let me ask you one thing population in Karachi is exploding there is no space available. What other options do you have to address housing problem for middle class people.

Fareed Hussain May 17, 2016 01:00pm

thanks Dawn for keeping this pointed out. Except for these walled and gated communities which only rich can afford, rest of Karachi has become kachra. There is no quality service, you name it, that poor class of this city enjoys: from education to health, everything is maliciously ignored. K-electric is a profit-making company and it is penalizing poor in the name of losses. So is water board, so education department and all others.

wellwisher May 17, 2016 01:08pm

There will be many more projects like this.In long run it is good as poor will get employment.

Dr.khizar hayat sargana May 17, 2016 01:12pm

i am not agree with seminar speakers.if someone in the country doing positive thing he should do.Mr.Malik Riaz fetch foreign investment from overs eases Pakistanis which before Bharia town went to gulf state.

SJ May 17, 2016 01:14pm

So government has no responsibility towards the less privileged people for development of facilities like hospitals & schools. Bahria town is not aimed for riches as they can buy property any where in the world and they do. They don't need these 4 years installment plans to buy properties. Its the middle class which benefits from such schemes as otherwise they can't afford to purchase a house with a payment in one go.

Samad Chaudhry London May 17, 2016 01:28pm

an eye opener article Country looted by the rich over the poor.

Ali S May 17, 2016 01:41pm

I'm still concerned about whether Bahria or DHA is even practically feasible, let alone ethical. Karachi - with a population of 20 million - is already suffering from a massive water shortage and power outages in many parts of the city.

These housing developments are for 5-6 million rich people who will use a lot of electricity and water - so either they will realize that they wasted their money for a place with no water and electricity or the rest of Karachi's 20 million will go thirsty and without power during the scorching heat for DHA and Bahria's 5-6 million elite (who will almost certainly be not natives of Karachi).

Either way it's a disaster waiting to happen. There needs to be an immediate ban on anyone purchasing more than 500 sq yards of residential land in Karachi - it's not environmentally or practically sustainable.

Khan May 17, 2016 01:49pm

what about DHA City, Fazaia, ASF projects? From where and how they have got the land in the same vicinity? What DHA Lahore is doing? they have wiped off all villages one by one and still moving fast. Aren't they see what DHA is doing in in Islamabad, Multan, Bahawalpur & Peshawar??. All DHA projects are being developed on Village or barren land. Will they speck about it or only target Bahria project? and why particulary Bahria Karachi is unde fire??
what they did in last 65 years to develop the land and for the betterment of the poor?

Abdulla Hussain May 17, 2016 01:51pm

Absolutely wrong conception, Bahria Town is doing an excellent job in uplifting Sindh from rubles to a fine housing scheme. We have good experience of other Bahria Towns located in Pindi / Islamabad, Lahore. Besides, Bahria Town is also building a skyscraper in Karachi. I have extensively toured the interior of Sindh visiting almost all small & big places, I can safely say that those who collected billions of rupees from NFC award for Sindh did not even spend a fraction in the development of rural Sindh, even today if someone travels to interior of Sindh a highly backward, downtrodden & a poor rural Sindh will greet him. Where has the entire development budget evaporated? The answer is in private bank accounts of ministers & vaderas.

khi96 May 17, 2016 01:51pm

It's Govt. who approves Master Development to ensure safety and all stakeholders' interests, but in Pakistan it is the other way round

Riaz M M May 17, 2016 01:54pm

Same is happening in Punjab,precious agricultural land is disappearing under schemes like Bahria town and similar ones.There is no doubt that this property mafia is a front for politician and other powerful establishment figures.Housing crises can be easily solved by building Apartment buildings and banning houses covering more than 200square yards.

adnan May 17, 2016 02:51pm

these people were there for decades without school, hospital and basic facilities and also this was area was home of criminals. y didn't these participants demanded these facilities for these people decades ago. property prices inside Karachi have gone beyond reach of common people.bahria town is atleast providing housing at low cost for middle class people with good environment. Rich class can buy home in DHA but middle class cant afford to buy even 120 yards home in DHA. But middle class can buy a 125 yard plot in 20 lakh in bahria town and enjoy facilities better than DHA.

Qaiser May 17, 2016 03:11pm

Where was this "Save Sindh Committee" and the learned historians all these years when all the parks of Karachi were sold , when green areas were given to buildings , when roads were narrowed to cut more plots , when amenities plot were sold to builders , when playgrounds were converted in commercials and open spaces meant for parking was given to the near ones, when open areas were all sold, when mangroves were all destroyed , when Mohenjodaro was disturbed for a few hours of music and dance show, in short whole of Karachi was sold to the land. Now when someone from a private sector is giving a boost to the economy and giving living place and homes to the middle class people with modern amenities , several patriots wake up and try to public their personal agenda in the name of save Sindh.

FF May 17, 2016 03:28pm

The walled city of the rich where as the poor reside outside the walls. The dividing line has been etched for the haves and have nots.

Yaseen May 17, 2016 03:43pm

@adnan you should shy speaking and taking sides of the land grabbers. Let court decide what is right and what is wrong!

Fried Chillies May 17, 2016 04:08pm

This is forced economic migration. Or displacing the poor because the richer folks desire better living conditions.

We see that here in India. This potentially will lead to civil unrest. Since the poor won't disappear but live in marginalized conditions on the outskirts of the same Bahria town because the wealthy will still need their drivers, domestic help and labor to be in the vicinity.

Imagine the human turmoil when the poor see how the well off live, eat and their comfort. It will trip some mentally and crime increases

freedom fighter May 17, 2016 04:12pm

Such transformation can be seen in India also, Gurgoan city which fall under National capital territory - Delhi was a small village transformed into the biggest cities attracting investment and creating opportunities for growth. This was developed by real estate gain DLF company.

Today Gurgoan attracts investments from across the world home to Indian and Foreign multinationals.

Hasnain May 17, 2016 05:10pm

These poor people are the ones who have made Pakistan. They are the ones who have done all the work to make Pakistan better. They are the ones who wear, eat & sleep Pakistan. Agriculture should have been strength of Pakistan but it's now opposite, Forget Panama leak, this is the biggest fraud in Pakistan. Time for Sir Gen Raheel to open file on this and investigate. I'm sure he will find lot army people involved in this too if he already doesn't know this.

Sameer May 17, 2016 05:11pm

You elect the corrupt. You than complain about rights of the poor. Your silence empowers the corrupt running the show in this country. Sindh cannot be saved since it doesnt want to be saved.Dont blame it on Malik Riaz because that just makes me think everyone is after their cut.

kamran May 17, 2016 05:11pm

i fully support malik riyaz.

Arabian Sea May 17, 2016 05:19pm

The indigenous population of Sindh must share some of the blame for such developments. By not making the permanent urban residents of Sindh as equal partner in the rule and resources of Sindh and by resisting powerful metropolitan governments, which are accountable to people, floodgates have been opened for those who thrive on divide, rule and profit.

Wasif May 17, 2016 05:26pm

I truly believe Karachi is heading to total disaster. We have a population of 20 million in what can only be described as an arid climate with little rainfall. We have a water and electricity crisis which is barely mentioned in the media. People migrate to Karachi because the rest of Pakistan does not work. Karachi has to absorb Pakistan's failures. It is Karachi that generates the wealth of Pakistan. But for how long.

Akhtar May 17, 2016 05:30pm

Town planning is private public partnership. But in this case state of art town planing coming from private sector. You should be thankful to Malik Riaz for Behria Town gift to Pakistan.

AG May 17, 2016 05:44pm

What a country we have, we all knows who are the culprits but can't do anything

Asif May 17, 2016 06:03pm

All these people supporting this project is only for one reason. They have made investment in there. The reason for investment is not to settle in these areas but to expect that the property price will increase in new few years so they can make big profits. Yes, profits without making any efforts at all and that's why these people are just loving Malik Riaz for providing this wonderful opportunity !

Kashif Umar May 17, 2016 06:14pm

I think Riaz Malik is doing a good job providing better/modern community for Pakistan.

Dv May 17, 2016 06:24pm

Nobody cares for the common man. The Country has become a playground for the Rich.

contrarian May 17, 2016 06:36pm

Money has more power per unit of the currency in this country than anywhere in the world

jaizee May 17, 2016 06:41pm

What kalmathi did when he was powerful TMO of gadap, that time small builders & land mafia doing such sort of activities & paving the way for, which is happening now

imran ali May 17, 2016 06:49pm

I traveled daily going to Hala and coming back from 1999 -2003 i never saw any villages it was barren land...this is fight between small and big land grabber..small land grabber encroach land and gives the name of goth and which become area of crime . Many society around the highway has been encroached and according to article above it is mentioned this area was reserved for agriculture in 1953 which negate that there was no villages in this area ...

LM May 17, 2016 07:04pm

The best thing in Pakistan is to do nothing. No development no motorways basically nothing so all parties can be happy.

Mirza May 17, 2016 07:19pm

This issue has been there from the beginning when Karachi was a sleeping fishing village with fishermen living around Kemari. Such seminars have been taking place on and off over the last few years, but these should be part of a public consultation process prior to the launch of the projects, doing these after the fact creates confusion and thereby opportunity for the land mafia to manipulate prices further and make more profits!

ibs May 17, 2016 07:55pm

Why do we always have to look for the negatives in every positive situation. Bahria Town is building housing societies where millions of people want to live. Its a free market economy and he's catering to it.

ibs May 17, 2016 08:01pm

125 sq. yards house and 2 bedroom apartments are not for the "elite".

Kiyani May 17, 2016 08:12pm

What about DHA’s Established for welfare purpose, but grabbing land from poor villagers

brar May 17, 2016 08:19pm

Huge tracts of land were acquired by the UP Govt in Noida a city close to Dehli and allotted to private builders and they started construction by collecting huge amounts from desirous people but the villages whose land was acquired at throw away prices reached Allahabad High court and the court decided in the favour of farmers and the construction companies preffered an appeal in the SC and the SC upheld the decision of the HC and now the developers are paying them at bazar rates, the farmers whose land has been grabbed forcibly with the connivance of politicians and Govt officials must approach the court .

Sam May 17, 2016 08:22pm

What about when those so called indigenous people grabbed these lands and created the no go zone goths. And people travelling between Karachi and Hyderabad abandoned using the roads in night due to fear of looting by these people. There is always two side of the story.

Abid Khan May 17, 2016 08:33pm

let them at least develop this country with nice houses and infrastructure, and lets not try to find reasons to stop them. poor and rich are also in other countries.

sajjad May 17, 2016 08:35pm

Now i understand how it is so prominently advertised for various large schemes in pakistan that this is the largest project of asia and etc...because there is law and justice in others countries that they dont allow it as to prevent indigenous people and balance the society structure but here in pakistan. We are banana people in the hands of few rich people.

bilal shafi May 17, 2016 09:45pm

there are 2 options for Karachi people to make home now. is it going to be in the sea or near super highway , which option would you prefer ?

M. Usman May 17, 2016 10:01pm

Would someone please also talk about the people affected in the biggest scam of Karachi history i.e. Hawksbay Scheme 42!

ali murtaza jan May 17, 2016 10:52pm

Sir you right but these kind of activuties are important for karachi and pak b/c if we take a glory eye toward developed countries so we streamly need these activities. But must careful abiut the poor people

ali May 18, 2016 06:57am

interesting article, I am sure the military is keeping a eye on this. Its not like all of this is being done under the blanket.

Something Fishy May 18, 2016 10:51am

Bahir is no angel, but how come so many people demand provincial government job to be done by Bahira?

And despite these kind of articles, why so many people are patronizing to bahira? there must be something being done that government has failed.

Something Fishy May 18, 2016 10:53am

@Sad this investment is NOT by the nation/government, rather by a private party for other private buyers. wake up.

Burjor May 18, 2016 10:59am

All said and done, Malik Riaz has not invested in off shore companies as our Prime Minister and hundreds of others have done. Totally agree with what my mentor has said, but there has to be a way in which things are done in a more organized, transparent manner. Why cannot we have arranged this meeting before this Bahria Town came into fruition rather than its completion stage. Why cannot we do things in an open manner and bring in development and happiness to the common people. Why cannot officials, and private sector, "sardars" developers work together. Make bribes official, call it by some other name, just make it transparent, so everyone knows where the buck went.

Something Fishy May 18, 2016 11:06am

@Asif "All these people supporting this project is only for one reason. They have made investment in there."

no sain person can make such assumptions.

The Right Left May 18, 2016 11:41am

@Fazal Karim Did you read the article ? You want the government to give the biggest land grabber in Pakistan even more land to loot even more ?

Imran May 18, 2016 12:51pm

@Danish you are damn right

Living with Grace May 18, 2016 03:59pm

Malik Riaz brought how to live with grace and decency. It is not private sector job to address poverty and homelessness issue. Rather it is Federal and Provincial governments job to bring town planning for decent and secure living for poor or even middle class who cannot afford houses in defense or behri town.

Burjor May 18, 2016 04:55pm

Malik Riaz's talents have to be recognized, he knows what it takes, other builders do not come close. Pakistan needs housing for the poor. There is a tremendous back log. The government cannot deliver, even security, water, food. How can even a middle income person even dream of having a roof over his head is unthinkable. The whole housing shortage has to be continuously addressed. There are many stake holders and all of them have to be taken into account, that is what is takes to make progress. It is really not about what Bahria has done wrong, what right have we done during the last 68 years? to make us proud of our current status.

parveez shafi May 18, 2016 11:16pm

For every 10 houses built in Bahria town, there must be 2 houses built, what we call affordable houses for the poor

a May 18, 2016 11:20pm

Its a massive fraud, proceeds of which go to the very top. All through history, powerful people have manipulated land records to the benefit of their favourite few. Its a problem besetting every big city in India.