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    PAKISTAN: The villages of fisher folk are being grabbed by powerful persons from the ruling party

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    PAKISTAN: The villages of fisher folk are being grabbed by powerful persons from the ruling party

    Post by Admin on Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:18 am

    Urgent Appeal Case

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    22 January 2011

    Dear friends,

    [b]The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that the land mafia from the ruling party
    is occupying the villages of fisher folk by using force and destroying
    the eco system of the coast by earth filling in the sea and cutting the
    mangrove forests.
    One infamous land grabber, Mr. Haji Muhammad Younus attacked a
    century-old fishermen’s village, the Kakkapir, to vacate the village by
    its inhabitants, injuring many persons by firing at huts of the
    village. The police refused to file the FIR (first information report)
    owing to the involvement of powerful persons. Two fishermen who
    reported in writing about the incident to the police were searched by
    the armed men of the land grabbers to punish them for lodging a
    complaint.

    The land grabbers have occupied many villages and encroached upon them
    to make houses for commercial purposes. A vast area of the coastal line
    was filled with earth through land filling and converted into commercial areas.
    [/b]
    [b]CASE NARRATIVE[/b]:

    Mr. Haji Muhammad Younus and his son Mr. Zulfiqar Younus are activists of the ruling party, Pakistan Peoples Party, and infamous for grabbing land around the coastal area of Mauripur, Karachi
    and encroaching on the small villages of the fisher folk. Mr. Zulfiqar
    was also the Town Nazim (Mayor) of Kemari Town during the regime of
    former General Musharraf for five years. The major coastal area comes
    under the Kemari town.

    On January 16, a group of about forty armed persons headed by Zulfiqar
    Younus attacked the Kakkapir village at 8.20 pm and fired automatic
    weapons for almost one hour at the huts, injuring many people. The
    villagers identified some attackers by name. Some identified armed men
    include Shakeel Ahmad S/O Siddique, Usman
    S/O Ali Muhammad, Faqeer S/O Usman, Ramzan S/O Ali Muhammad, Ishaque
    S/O Hussain, Shafi Muhammad S/O Haji Fazlu, Aslam alias Mamoo Jan S/O
    Haji Suleman and Majeed S/O Aali. Others can be identified when seen.
    During the attack they also damaged and fired upon the office of a
    social organization, working for the welfare and health care of the
    fisher folk, and looted the valuable assets of the office that costs,
    according to the villagers, about Rs. 300,000/=.

    The local activists of the village informed the police by calling 15
    but the officers did not respond to the complaint. Then the leaders of
    Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, an organisation of the fishermen, called
    police to help and tried to lodge an FIR against the said group but the
    station house officer (SHO) Maripur, Mr. Nasrullah Khan, not only refused to do so but also insulted and asked the police to throw them out from the police station.

    Then hundreds of fishing persons including women and children under the
    leadership of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum demonstrated against such
    lawlessness in front of Press Club Karachi on January 18, 2011. In
    reaction to the demonstration, some drunkard henchmen of the land
    grabber named Shakeel S/O Siddique, Shafi S/O Haji Fazlu, Muhammad
    Saleem S/O Urs and others again rushed into the village, abused and
    threatened the villagers that if any action was taken by the villagers
    then they would face serious consequences.

    Two persons of the village, Haji Abu Bakar S/O Haroon and Abdul Ghani
    S/O Muhammad Siddique, who first lodged the complaint of attack on
    January 16, were hiding because the attackers have threatened that
    those persons will face strong reactions from their group as they have
    reported the matter to the police.


    [b]SUGGESTED ACTION[/b]:

    Please write to authorities informing them that the land grabbing
    belonging to ruling party is harassing the poor villagers of the fisher
    folk to grab their century-old village through force and intimidation.
    Please urge upon them to prosecute the police officials of Maripur
    police station for refusing the right of the aggrieved party to file a
    complaint and also take legal action against the perpetrators for
    destroying the eco system by acquiring the filling the sea and cutting
    the mangroves plants along the coastal area.

    The AHRC is writing a separate letter to UN Special Rapporteur on the
    Question of Housing rights calling for his intervention into this case.

    To support this appeal, please click here: [url=http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/support.php?ua=UAC-008-2011][img]http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/images/send_small.gif[/img][/url]

    [b]SAMPLE LETTER[/b]:

    Dear __________,

    PAKISTAN: The villages of fisher folks are being grabbed by powerful persons from the ruling party


    [b]Name/s of victim[/b]:

    1.Villagers of the Kakkapir village,
    Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi-PAKISTAN

    2.Haji Abu Bakar S/O Haroon,
    Kakkapir village,
    Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi-PAKISTAN

    3.Abdul Ghani S/O Muhammad Siddique,
    Kakkapir village,
    Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi-PAKISTAN

    [b]Names of alleged perpetrators[/b]:

    1.Sub-Inspector Nasrullah,
    Station house officer (SHO) Maripur police station,
    Karachi, PAKISTAN

    2.Haji Muhammad Younus,
    Former president of Pakistan Fishermen Cooperative Society,
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi-PAKISTAN

    3.Zulfiqar Younus son of Haji Muhammad Younus,
    Former Town Nazim of Kemari Town,
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi-PAKISTAN

    4.Shakeel Ahmad S/O Siddique,
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi

    5.Faqeer S/O Usman,
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi
    Ramzan S/O Ali Muhammad,

    6.Ishaque S/O Hussain,
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi

    7.Shafi Muhammad S/O Haji Fazlu,
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi
    8.Aslam alias Mamoo Jan S/O Haji Suleman
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi

    9.Majeed S/O Aali.
    Sandspit,Maripur, Kemari twon,
    Karachi

    [b]Date of incident[/b]:January 16, 2011

    [b]Place of incident[/b]:Kakkapir village, Maripur, Kemari town, Karachi

    I am writing to voice my deep concern regarding the criminal activities
    of a land mafia, belonging to ruling party, the Pakistan Peoples Party,
    in the coastal areas of Karachi. The malpractices of land mafia along
    129 Km extended strip of Karachi coast have been dreadfully increased
    by speeding up the cutting of mangroves forests, filling earth into the
    sea, occupying the coastal land and selling it out, occupying the
    ancient villages of fishermen and threatening their lives. However, the
    UN has declared the Year 2011 as the Forests Conservation Year, but the
    criminal silence of law enforcement agencies
    and relevant departments of Sindh is encouraging the land mafia to do
    so. Such a situation has turned the livelihood of fishermen and the
    costal eco system into a misery.

    On raising their voices against such malpractices the indigenous
    fishermen along with the media and civil society including the sole
    representative movement of fishermen-Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF),
    they face the bitter enmity of the land grabbers.

    Recently, a large group of forty armed men headed by Zulfiqar Younis,
    former town Nazim (Town Mayor) and activist of ruling party attacked
    the Kakapir village at 8:20 pm on January 16, 2011 along with 40 armed
    persons and started firing for almost an hour. Besides, they put the
    office of fishermen’s local social organization’s office on fire and
    looted the valuable assets of the office that cost more than Rs.
    300,000/=. They abused the honourable elders of the village, raised
    slogans and intimated the villagers to stop raising voices against them
    otherwise they would be killed.


    I am shocked to know that the local activists of the village informed
    police by calling 15 but police did not respond to our complaint. Then
    the leaders of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, an organisation of the
    fishermen, called police to help us and tried to lodge FIR against the
    said group but the station house officer (SHO) Maripur, Mr. Nasrullah
    Khan, not only refused to do so but also insulted and asked the police
    to throw them out from the police station.

    I am appalled that the two persons of the village, Haji Abu Bakar S/O
    Haroon and Abdul Ghani S/O Muhammad Siddique, who first lodged the
    complaint of attack on January 16, were hiding because the attackers
    have threatened that those persons will face strong reaction from their
    group as they have reported to police. Their lives are in danger.

    Please write to authorities that the land grabbing belonging to ruling
    party is harassing the poor villagers of the fisher folk to grab their
    century old village through force and intimidation. Please urge upon
    them to prosecute the police officials of Maripur police station for
    refusing the right of the aggrieved party to file a complaint and also
    take legal action against the perpetrators for destroying the eco
    system by acquiring the filling the sea and cutting the mangroves
    plants along the coastal area.


    I urge you to take action against the land grabbers belonging to ruling
    party who are harassing the poor villagers of the fisher folk to grab
    their century old village through force and intimidation. Please
    prosecute the police officials of Maripur police station for refusing
    the right of the aggrieved party to file a complaint and also take
    legal action against the perpetrators for destroying the eco system by
    acquiring the filling the sea and cutting the mangroves plants along
    the coastal area.

    Yours sincerely,


    ----------------

    [b]PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO[/b]:

    1. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
    President of Pakistan
    President's Secretariat
    Islamabad
    PAKISTAN
    Tel: +92 51 9204801/9214171
    Fax: +92 51 9207458
    Email: publicmail@president.gov.pk

    2. Mr. Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani
    Prime Minister of Pakistan
    Prime Minister House
    Islamabad
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: + 92 51 9221596
    E-mail: secretary@cabinet.gov.pk

    3. Syed Qaim Ali Shah
    Chief Minister
    Karachi, Sindh Province
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: +92 21 920 2000
    E-mail: pppsindh@yahoo.com

    4. Mr. Syed Mumtaz Alam Gillani
    Federal Minister for Human Rights
    Ministry of Human Rights
    Old US Aid building
    Ata Turk Avenue
    G-5, Islamabad
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: +9251-9204108
    Email: sarfaraz_yousuf@yahoo.com

    5. Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro
    Minister for Law, Parliamantry Affairs & Criminal Prosecution Service
    Sindh Assembly Building,
    Court road, Karachi, Sindh province
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: +92 21 9211982
    E-mail: secy.law@sindh.gov.pk

    6. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court
    High Court Building
    Saddar, Karachi
    Sindh Province
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: +92 21 9213220
    E-mail: info@sindhhighcourt.gov.pk

    7. Ms. Nadia Gabol
    Minister for Human Rights
    Government of Sindh,
    Pakistan secretariat, Barrack 92,
    Karachi, Sindh Province
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: +92 21 9207044
    Tel: +92 21 9207043 +92 21 9207043 +92 21 9207043 +92 21 9207043
    E-mail: lukshmil@yahoo.com

    8. Dr. Faqir Hussain
    Registrar
    Supreme Court of Pakistan
    Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: + 92 51 9213452
    E-mail: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

    9. Inspector General of Police
    Police Head office, I. I. Chundrigar road
    Karachi, Sindh Province
    PAKISTAN
    Fax: +92 21 9212051
    E-mail: ppo.sindh@sindhpolice.gov.pk

    Thank you.

    Urgent Appeals Programme
    Asian Human Rights Commission (ua@ahrc.asia)

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