Showing posts with label Land Mafia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Land Mafia. Show all posts

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Kalu Current and 6 drug traffickers killed in Shanti Nagar operation

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Police and Rangers carried out a joint operation in Shanti Nagar area near Dalmia and killed 7 members of drug and land mafias including a proclaimed drug trafficker Kalu Current in Shanti Nagar area near Dalmia.

Heavy cache of arms was also recovered and seized during the operation.

DIG East Ameer Shaikh told private News channel that a clash had been going on for the past four days between a group of drug trafficker headed by Kalu Current and land mafia group of Haji Aslam in which guns and hand grenades were heavily used.

Heavy contingents of police and Rangers began operation against the clashing groups early Sunday morning during and performed door to door search in the area, recovering a large quantity of arms including hand grenades, police uniforms and number plates of vehicles.

During the operation, Kalu Current, a proclaimed drug trafficker of Shanti Nagar was killed along with his six accomplices. Their bodies were shifted to Jinnah Post-graduate Medical Center.

Over 50 suspects were also taken into custody during the crackdown against the drug mafia.

The road from National Stadium to Dalmia Road was closed for traffic when the operation was underway.

Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza appreciated the successful operation conducted jointly by police and Rangers and announced Rs500,000 for the teams of police and Rangers who took part in the crackdown.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Administrator Karachi Fazlur Rehman has directed Revenue Department to take immediate action for implementation of recently promulgated Pubic Property (Removal of Encroachments) Ordinance 2010. He has instructed EDO Revenue to prepare all required infrastructure including establishment of offices and coordination among concerned departments so that effective action could be taken against the land grabbers.

City District Government Karachi has finalized all initial work to initiate action under the Public Property Ordinance 2010. The Revenue Department was also establishing a police station and anti encroachments force to arrest and lodge the FIR against the land grabbers. Under the ordinance any person found responsible of occupying government land would have to face 10 year imprisonment with fine equal to the value of occupied land while the government official helping the encroacher would have to face 5 year imprisonment.

Meanwhile Administrator Karachi Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday imposed immediate ban on the sale and use of over ripen, rotten fruits, sugar cane juice, all kinds of gola dundas, ice lollys and other syrups on the roads and footpaths within the jurisdiction of City District Government Karachi. The action has been taken to save the health and lives of citizens.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Anti-mafia social activist gunned down

Convener of Gutter Baghicha Bachao Tehreek and Chairman Karachi NGOs Alliance Nisar Baloch was killed and two passers-by were wounded when gunmen targeted him at Love Lines Bridge within the precincts of Soldier Bazaar Police Station on Saturday.
According to police, 40-year-old Nisar was killed while he was on his way from Old Golimar to Saddar.
As the assailants sprayed bullets on the victim, he tried to escape but fell off his motorbike at Garden Road after receiving multiple wounds. Nisar was immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital but he succumbed to injuries before receiving medical treatment.
The two passers-by, Yousuf (40) and Tariq (31), also sustained bullet injuries and were shifted to the hospital where their condition is stated to be out of danger.
Nisar Baloch, a social activist, was leading a campaign against the land mafia in Old Golimar area. He was a furious opponent of illegal encroachments at Gutter Baghicha.
It is important to recall that Nisar had addressed a news conference at Karachi Press Club against the land grabbers the other day and accused an ethnic political party of backing the illegal encroachers
Nisar’s brother Noor-uddin has said that Nisar’s news conference was the FIR against the killers during which he had mentioned their names.
An FIR (No 331/09) under section 302 and 324 has been registered against the unidentified suspects.
Meanwhile, major parts of Old Golimar and Pak Colony were shutdown in protest against the murder of Nisar Baloch. Soon after the killing, a large number of people took out a rally and staged a sit-in against the brutal act. All the business activities remained suspended while the roads leading towards Bada Board from Old Golimar were also blocked. (The Nation)

Who was Nisar Baloch ?

Nisar Baloch was associated with several NGOs as a known social worker, and was a schoolteacher by profession.

He started his social career in 1976 by establishing a street school, “Aap Ka Madressah,” where he provided free education to children and adults of the area.

In 1986, he established the Baloch Promotive Computer and English Language Center in his area (Old Golimar). So far, thousands of residents of the area have received IT degrees from the centre.

Apart from education activities, Baloch played a vital role in serving the old settlers of Karachi. Currently, Nisar Baloch was campaigning against the land mafia for grabbing the Tran-Lyari Park (Gutter Baghicha) land in SITE Town. He had launched several protest campaigns in this regard under the banner of the Gutter Baghicha Bachao Tehreek, Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment and the Karachi NGOs Alliance.

In his struggle to protect land from encroachers, Baloch had faced jail terms on several occasions; numerous cases were registered against him at various police stations, mainly accusing him of inciting violence and damaging public property.

He was married but had no children. His wife is also a schoolteacher by profession. She works at a school in Gwadar, Balochistan. The couple had adopted a child.

Baloch was a resident of Noor Muhammad Village, Hall Road. His funeral will take place after Zuhr prayers on Sunday; his family has planned to bury him at the Mewa Shah graveyard.—WB

Saturday, September 19, 2009

780 acres of KPT land encroached by Land Mafia

Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Ports and Shipping led by its Chairman Rana Mahmood ul Hasan including Ms Fauzia Wahab, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Khwaja Sohail Mansoor and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar visited Head Office, Karachi Port Trust. On the occasion, a briefing was given by KPT’s General Manager Civil Works and Estates, Pervez Younsi to the NA body, said a statement issued here.

The briefing included a comprehensive background on the issue of KPT’s jurisdiction and extension of limits as authorized by the Government from time to time. It was informed that KPT’s land was subject to encroachment and a total of 780 acres was encroached by various unauthorized parties and colonies. It was agreed that KPT’s land constituted government property and needed to be protected effectively as it was essentially needed for future projects of the port. The meeting was attended by IG Sindh Police and CCPO and members of the Sindh Board of Revenue.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Special tribunals for land grabbing cases in the offing

By Razzak Abro

The Sindh government plans to set up special tribunals for awarding strict punishments to those involved in encroachment of government land through summary trials, keeping in view that this issue is one of main reasons behind the incidents of target killings in Karachi.

Senior member of the Board of Revenue, Ghulam Ali Pasha, said this while briefing the Sindh Minister for Revenue, Jam Mahtab Dahar, who has recently been assigned the portfolio of the revenue department.

“A summary is being prepared for the approval of the Sindh chief minister. It would be sent to the provincial assembly that will envisage the establishment of tribunals, summary trials and punishment for those involved in encroaching government land”, he said.

Dahar was previously the provincial population minister. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah while introducing changes in his cabinet had allotted him the revenue ministry replacing Jam Saifullah Dharejo.

Talking to the media on the occasion, the revenue minister said that the land grabbing business in the city is not a secret and it has continued since a long time.

He added that it was one of the main reasons behind the current bloodshed in the city. The minister said that his department has also prepared a bill for presenting it in forthcoming session of the assembly under which an anti-encroachment force would be established to curb this menace.

The revenue minister said that he has set three priorities after taking the new task. They include computerisation of the revenue record, regularisation of villages falling under the Gothabad Scheme, and making the relief department more active and effective.

He said the computerisation of the revenue record would minimise land disputes, land grabbing and encroachment in the province, especially in Karachi. He directed revenue officers to take steps for early computerisation of the record.

Mahtab also stressed for early completion of the probe into the general complaints, which the department had received about distribution of substandard wheat in Thar. The minister said that he has accepted the new responsibility as a challenge, and he would welcome all suggestions and proposals for succeeding in his goals, and for the betterment of the department and relief to people.

Earlier while presenting his briefing senior member BoR, Ghulam Ali Pasha informed the minister about the composition, functions and working of various sections of the department.

He said that more service centres would be established at taluka registration offices. He also informed the minister about the relief camps set up for facilitating the displaced people of Swat and others parts of the NWFP and FATA in Karachi and Hyderabad, and about their return process to their native areas.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

‘Land mafia, underworld pose threat to city’s peace’

Sindh Assembly members were told on Wednesday that there is a dire need to keep vigil over land mafia and underworld members as they could damage the city’s peace once again. Participating in a debate on Sindh budget 2009-10, Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed expressed concern that land mafia and members of the underworld were continuing their terrorist activities in Karachi, and asked the Sindh Home Department to keep an eye on them. Minister Auqaf Abdul Haseeb said gangsters were using Mewa Shah Graveyard for storing their weapons and burying bodies of their murdered enemies. He demanded the home department to take action against the gangsters and ensure peace in adjoining areas of the graveyard.