Islamabad: Grand operation launched to demolish Afghan slums


ISLAMABAD: Slum-dwellers protested against the Capital Development Authority on Thursday as the city administration launched an operation to bulldoze houses in an illegal settlement in Islamabad’s Sector I-11/1.


The Islamabad administration had taken the help of police and Rangers to move forward with the planned operation to demolish the houses. The Islamabad High Court had ordered the CDA to demolish illegal slums in the federal capital.

According to latest reports, a large number of residents had gathered around bulldozers and were protesting against the administration, pelting stones at police and Rangers personnel.

A correspondent said some women had also come out to protest on the roofs of their houses with the Holy Quran in their hands, saying they would not back down and let the administration bulldoze their homes.

The CDA claims that the area had been illegally occupied in 2005. The city administration says it had sent them several notices and given them ample time to vacate the land before initiating the operation today.