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Bahria Town Karachi activities spark anger in Sindh

Karachi: More than 50,000 thousands tweets were posted under hashtag #SayNoToBahriaTown on Fridayafter human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and common users called on the Sindh government to stop illegal eviction of Sindhi villagers near the gated community.

Videos and photos of clashes between dozens of villagers and police and heavy machinery being pelted with stones by protesters flooded social media in Pakistan. The clashes reportedly left several villagers injured and they were shifted to near by hospitals for treatment.

Twitter users urged the Sindh government and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders to take notice of the illegal activities being carried out by Malik Riaz and his Bahria Town.

After keeping mum for several days, the Sindh government on Friday said measures are being taken on the orders of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who took notice of social media reports about the situation in Bahria Twon.

“No local population would be rendered homeless and nobody would be allowed to encroach the land,” said Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Sindh Minister for Local Bodies, in a statement.

He said that the government has decided to take action against Assistant Commissioner, Mukhtiarkar and police officials responsible for the situation in Bahria Twon.

Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that he has visited a hospital to inquire after the health of those injured in the incident.

Ayaz Latif Palijo and other Sindhi nationalists condemned the Sindh government and Bahria Town for illegally grabbing the land owned by villagers.

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