Protest against CDA decision to demolish Christian slums
Most of the inhabitants in these colonies in Islamabad suburbs are Christians, who migrated to the capital from different parts of the country in search of jobs.
Former Federal Minister and Nominee for Nobel Peace Prize Dr. Julius Salikon Wednesday led a protest rally held at the National Press Club by the residents of the slums facing demolition.
The protesters carried placards and banners with slogans against the Capital Development Authority (CDA), which is clearing ten slum settlements in the capital on an order of the Islamabad High Court.
Most of the inhabitants in these colonies in Islamabad suburbs are Christians, who migrated to the capital from different parts of the country in search of jobs. They have been settled here for over three decades.
Addressing the rally, Dr. Salik said that after snatching the social and political rights of minorities, now the conspiracy was to snatch the shelter of poor residents of slums.
“It’s not only a very selfish and wrong decision but the words used for minorities by CDA are also very hateful and non-tolerating. CDA said that the residents of slums should be sent to their native towns by loading them in trucks,” Salik said. He contended that the people of these slums were residing there for last forty years and it was their native town.
Dr. Salik, who is the convener of World Minorities Alliance and Overseas Assembly Pakistan, said the decision against slums was a terrible conspiracy against minorities and should be blocked at any cost.
He announced on the occasion that a “Jail Bharo” movement will be started throughout the country, if the poor people of slums became homeless. He said that more than 3000 Christian families in Islamabad slums would be affected by the CDA operation. “These homes of them are their Pakistan and if their Pakistan is demolished, they will present themselves for arrest as a protest.”
Source: Pakistan Christian Post