Islamabadis Are Furious Over CDA’s Anti-Encroachment' Drive as It Kills Employment for Working-Class - Capital TV

June 3, 2023


Islamabadis Are Furious Over CDA’s Anti-Encroachment’ Drive as It Kills Employment for Working-Class

Mahnoor Tariq

ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority Chairman Captain (R) Noor ul Amin initiated an ‘anti-encroachment’ drive which is proving to against the working-class’s livelihood.

Ammar Rashid, a member of Awami Workers Party, shared a video from F-11 Markaz where CDA workers were throwing vendor carts away. Previously, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) Rehri-Baan Ehsaas program provided license to these stalls.

Public opinion:

“The vendors fulfilled all the financial and legal requirements, and now they have to pay the price. Disgusting,” adds Rashid.

Mariam Khan, the brains behind #NayaMazdoor, stated that each stall costs around 60-70k. “In G-11 Markaz, 10-12 were provided by the government. Moreover, street vendors paid for 60-70 stalls themselves,” she added.

PDM’s clarification:

Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division (PASSD) Shazia Atta Marri says CDA only operated against anti-encroachments. Adding that the licensed vendor carts have been restored, Marri wrote, “They have been released on the condition that they will only be established in specified areas.”

Moreover, Marri clarified that PASSD is not involved in this operation, “However, I have urged the PASSD secretary to work with CDA.”

What you need to know:

The minister’s ‘justification’ drew flak as they questioned why CDA doesn’t operate against car showrooms on G-8 Markaz, “They have made life hell for the residents of the surrounding areas.”

Lawyer Imaan Hazir Mazaari, who has been in constant contact with the rehri-walas, also posted a thread in reply to Marri’s clarification.

Mazari asked, “Is CDA demolishing vehicles that are illegally parked on Margalla Road?” In addition, she stated that all the rehris were licensed under the Ehsaas Rehri-Baan Program.

The CDA promised to return them today because lawyers and activists showed up on spot. Mazari stated, “This is something a government representative should have done.”

Lastly, Mazari attached a Memorandum of Understanding signed by PASSD which contradicts with what Marri wrote. “Would strongly recommend active involvement of PASSD to ensure these people and their sole source of livelihood are protected,” she concluded.

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