Effectees stages sit-in outside City Council Hall


KARACHI: A large number of communities displaced from their houses because of the construction of Lyari Expressway, staged a sit-in in front of the City Council Hall (KMC old building) on Thursday 19 January 2006.

Carrying placards and banners, the protesters shouted slogans against the city government. The protest coincided with the inaugural session of the city council.

Speaking on the occasion, Ghinwa Bhutto drew the attention of Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain “to the fact that elected representatives of the city were avoiding meeting with the people”. She said MQM championed the cause of the poor but its elected representatives were not even listening to the grievances of the poor people. She said she herself wanted to meet the city Nazim but it seemed he was reluctant to meet her. She vowed to continue protest till the resolution of the problem.

She criticized the elected members who did not come out of the city council session. She said that it was surprising to note that the city nazim did not chair the inaugural session just to avoid meeting the affectees of Lyari Expressway.