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The News
Monday, July 27, 2009
By Our correspondent
Islamabad

The people evicted from Chak Shahzad ‘katchi abadi’ Sunday staged a protest demonstration in front of the National Press Club urging the concerned authorities to provide proper shelters to them.

The protesters carrying placards and banners chanted slogans against the alleged apathy of the local administration towards their grievances and accused some officials, who according to them were involved in demolition of their shanty houses despite issuance of stay order by the civil court.

The protesters also demanded registration of cases against those officials who were allegedly involved in illegal confinement of more than 40 women after the operation was carried out on May 18.

The protesters appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the operation for demolition of their shanty houses and torture of dwellers of the ‘katchi abadi’ at the hands of police personnel.

Addressing the protesters, World Minorities Alliance Convener Julius Salik said that it was highly unfortunate that after passage of 69 days, the displaced people of demolished ‘katchi abadi’ were still living in greenbelts and on footpaths. “We would not give in and continue to fight for the rights of these poor people who are looking towards the government for provision of some kind of relief,” he added.

Later, addressing a press conference, J Salik said that minorities were not being properly represented in assemblies, as their representatives have not been elected, but selected by bosses of mainstream political parties. He said the displaced persons of the ‘katchi abadi’ would burn down their household goods on 29th of this month if they were not given their rights envisaged in the constitution of the country.

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