Authorities commence anti-encroachment operations on Karachi’s nullahs

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KARACHI: The government commenced an operation against the encroachments along the Gujjar nullah on Wednesday, a week after record-breaking torrential rains triggered urban flooding in the city. 

The director encroachment spoke to Geo News, saying that the operations commenced at 8am at three locations in the city. He said that two anti-encroachment operations were being conducted in the area between Cafe Pyala to Teen Hatti and one at a nullah in New Karachi.  

Pakistan Army and Rangers personnel will also take part in the operation. K-Electric and Sui Gas teams arrived near Cafe Pyala before the operation began. 

Residents of Liaqatabad, FC area of Karachi protested when they were told to vacate the area after it was announced that the operation would commence. 

The Muttahida Quami Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) said that it had been decided by the Centre and provincial government that residents of the areas will be provided homes before their encroachments were razed to the ground. 

The Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) also demanded the government provide money or other accommodation to the people living in encroachments before clearing the encroachments. 

However, Sindh government representative Murtaza Wahab clarified that the operations were being conducted against commercial encroachments and not residential ones. 

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