The sleeping families who never woke up


KARACHI: Thirteen members of three families vanished under landslide in the dead of night as a bulging cliff fell out of the hill on huts in Gulistan-e-Johar on Tuesday.

“They all were relatives. They had been living there for at least 10 years,” a relative of the families, Ghazanfar Abbas told.

“The garden at the hill was daily watered which gradually breached the cliff, eventually landslide fell upon the unfortunate victims fast asleep in their three huts….and they never woke up,” he said with watered eyes. Ghazanfar himself lives in one of the hundreds nearby scattered huts in Block 1 of the area.

The inheriting persons of the poor Seraiki families have demanded the authorities to compensate them for the invaluable loss.

Another slum-dweller, Asif Mehmood, said more than 200 huts were present in Block 1 only and 30 of them were leastways at sensitive locations.

President Pakistan Muslim League-Q Haleem Adil Sheikh, after arriving at the location while talking to the media, said poor Seraiki people were being used by mafias. Some would settle them to claim a land and others would kill them to vacate the same. The incident of setting fire to the huts had also taken place sometimes back.

“The incident should be investigated. The Sindh government should allocate 50 sq ft land for per Seraiki family on Superhighway,” he said.

It has been learnt through Sindh Building Control Authority officials that the land was a China-cutting.

The district administration and the police are planning to issue notices to plot owners to evacuate the land within a week as the site is vulnerable to more incidents like this. Land sliding took place at around 2:00am when a mass of rocks and soil fell on the three camps.