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March 13, 2011

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Stiff resistance results in early end to campaign

KARACHI: The campaign to remove unit and sector offices, and other encroachments from 159 parks of Karachi could survive only for 12 days.
During this drive against encroachments, a partial operation was carried out in the six parks mentioned by the Supreme Court. To mislead the apex court a report has been submitted with the court in which it has been claimed that 80 percent task has been completed as per the court order.
The campaign under the CDGK and KDA had to face multiple problems, and the operation was stopped at the early stage due to continuous pressure.
According to a report by an intelligence agency, there was no visible difficulty in demolishing unit or sector offices, but the authorities faced resistance in bulldozing illegal madaris and mosques erected on 26 parks and playgrounds. There is no evidence of any illegal imambargah in the parks.
The report said two religious sects are involved in the illegal encroachments, and the government has been warned of bloodshed and stiff resistance during the operation.
The report mentioned a park in which a madrassa has been built with the adjoining mosque, while the administrator has constructed three extra houses besides his home, which he has rented out. During the operation, the team also collected a book in which monthly data of extorted money and names were entered.

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