Recently I have been involved in one of the weirdest experiences of Karachi life, that being, the negotiation between the occupants in apartments and the actual owner. So here goes the story.
Someone I know is a US national and lives there, but when he comes back after a year or two he usually invests in a property here in Karachi. This time, he found out that there is actually someone living in one of his apartment. The occupants claim to pay the rent, and, quite amazingly the rent goes to, decently ranked – Police Officer. (Let’s not use the actual names here).
Turns out its not only one apartment but there are dozens (apartments, houses, plots, shops etc) maybe hundreds in near about that are being hijacked by the same group; a group openly declaring itself as a ‘Gunda Group’ and that too is connected to a Political Party. And Mr. Police Officer is somewhat group leader and spokesman.
In the end, with the involvement of other better ranked Police Officers and Army Officers they agreed to negotiate and leave. The owner paid more than RS 100K in the deal. The details are too big to write, other options and drawbacks, threats, courts etc. So I will just cut it short here.