City (CDA launches operation to remove I-11 sector slum)


Islamabad: Capital Development Authority along with Police and Rangers launched an operation to remove the I-11 sector slum in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Deputy Commissioner Islamabad told media the grand operation has been launched by authorities after successful talks with locals.

Slum-dwellers protested against the Capital Development Authority when the city administration launched an operation to bulldoze houses in an illegal settlement in Islamabad’s Sector I-11/1.

The Islamabad administration had taken the help of police and Rangers to move forward with the planned operation to demolish the houses. The Islamabad High Court had ordered the CDA to demolish illegal slums in the federal capital.

According to reports, a large number of residents gathered around bulldozers and protested against the administration, pelting stones at police and Rangers personnel.

Some women had also come out to protest on the roofs of their houses with the Holy Quran in their hands, saying they would not back down and let the administration bulldoze their homes.

The CDA claims that the area had been illegally occupied in 2005. The city administration says it had sent them several notices and given them ample time to vacate the land before initiating the operation.