Mr Rehman Malik has been making rather interesting statements about stopping the “targeted killings” in Karachi.
The simple fact is that the land mafia of Karachi is behind a number of these murders and the motive for these assassinations is money.
Let us take the case of land mafia grabbing the Tran-Lyari Park (Gutter Baghicha) land in SITE Town. There is illegal construction going on in about 50 acres on this park land in spite of a stay order from the High Court of Sindh.
On 26 September 2009 the Nazir of the High Court along with Nisar Baloch who headed the Gutter Baghicha Bachao Tehreek (Movement to save Gutter Baghicha) went for a court ordered inspection. They were forced to turn back because a mob (organized by the land mafia) stood in their path.
On 7 November 2009 Nisar Baloch was leaving his house in the morning. He was assassinated in a target killing gunned down in cold blood. Nisar Baloch gave a press conference on 6 November 2009 in which he stated that his life was in danger and he named the people who would kill him. (no action have been taken against his alleged killers because of political considerations)
On December 23 2009 the Nazir of the High Court again attempted to inspect the encroached area. He was again forced to turn back because a land mafia organized mob stood in his way.
On Thursday 7 January 2010 Nadir Shah Baloch was shot dead in a targeted killing. He was the former assistant of Nisar Baloch. He was now heading the Gutter Baghicha Bachao Tehreek. Now the effort to save this park is left rudderless as both men who were actually organizing the local populace were murdered in targeted killings. The illegal construction on the park land goes on and the criminals will be laughing all the way to the bank.
Karachi is strange city – there is an active land mafia which grabs amenity land to make illegal buildings at will. The Nazims (elected representatives), government bureaucrats and criminal builders have entered a unholy alliance to take over public / park land for their own profit. Articles and photos of these blatant criminal acts have appeared in the press. This land mafia supported by politicians can murder and commit contempt of court while the police and political administration stands by as indifferent spectators or active collaborators in this loot of park land and slaughter of innocents.
A full set of documentation has been sent to Mr Rehman Malik on this issue. Now it will be interesting to see if he will take action or if he will sit on his hands and let the blind lead the blind in Karachi.
Sign the Gutter Baghicha Petition at Shehri