Published On: Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Protest againt endemic gas shortage

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Islamabad: Hundreds of men, women and children residents of a rural Islamabad locality Alipur Farash blocked the Lehtrar Road on Wednesday afternoon to protest the endemic gas shortage in their homes since the winter season began.

The protestors refused to let a single vehicle pass during the protest and the impasse was eventually resolved when the Assistant Commission (Rural) Syed Bahadur Ali intervened and made a commitment to the protesting community to mediate between them and the General Manager of Sui Northern Gas Company Limited.

Speaking on the occasion Awami Workers Party secretary general Aasim Sajjad said that this is the same region of rural Islamabad in which the dictator Pervez Musharraf is residing in a so-called ‘sub-jail’ with unmatched facilities yet gas and other basic utilities are denied to ordinary working people simply because they have no political clout.

He pointed out that Alipur Farash is the site of a resettlement scheme for the capital’s katchi abadis and that the residents of the area were moved there by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) almost a decade ago with the promise that they would be provided basic developmental facilities.

Local organizer Rukhsana Qazi said that the fate of Islamabad’s poor is one of the biggest blots on Pakistan’s collective conscience. She said that the capital city is at the same time one the of richest and also poorest places in the country and inequality is increasing rather than decreasing over time.

She said that the CDA is primarily responsible because it runs the city like a dictatorship which is also proven by the fact that it is resisting the holding of local body elections. She said that protests would increase if this callous attitude remained intact.
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