Kidney Hill – No News = Bad News

Karachi Metroblog has been a center for some serious discussion on many issues of Karachi, but recently the issue of Kidney Hill was reported here on March 4th, it was later followed up by a pictorial of the place and a few days later we heard rumors of progress.

It must be noted that since Cowasjee’s article in Dawn on March 4th there has been a strange pin-drop silence on the issue throughout the print media. I initiated discussion on Karachi metroblog and was pleased to see a number of well wishers come forth and discuss this issue very seriously many were undoubtedly interested in a full resolution and ultimately saving this precious land for our future.

The pin-drop silence for me is quite deafening, neither have we seen any arrests being made in this regards and no corresponding FIR’s to show some sign of progress (I feel this is a very important indicator as to who could potentially be involved in this mess as Karachiites very well know that there is only one party in Pakistan that can prevent the registration of an FIR on any of its party workers – without actually naming the party *snicker*, could they have a major hand in this after all, contrary to the information I quoted a few days prior). I just feel that the crooks have won the game manipulating the people with lies and deceit.

I wish to open this forum for reports on the Kidney Hill situation, report anonymously if you feel threatened but please do tell us, I, like millions of Karachiites refuse to take this lying down

13 Comments so far

  1. omar r. quraishi (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    i am sorry to sound cynical dentist sahib but if you will not take it lying down then writing all this on a blog will hardly make any difference, unless of course you are very very naive — also, like i keep noticing on this site, people dont get their facts right– the case is currently in court in litigation so there are unlikely to be any arrests till that is decided

  2. HITMAN (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    I read in papers 2day that Former City Nazim Mr. Naimatullah has challenged the sale of the said land in SHC. According to the petition, In the March 2002 gazette of Sindh Govt., it has been decided that no amnesty plot would be converted into any other category’s plot. Lets c what the court does regarding this.

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

    Well if the case is in litigation and out of the hands of the Bullies then thats good news, I asked the question as there was a definite hushed up silence on this issue.

    Sorry for the tongue-in-cheek comment

  4. F. AHMED (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    don’t be to excited about the case being in court…

    The cj of sind high court is in bed with the CM/PM/President…so don’t hold ur breadth!

  5. Kashif-x (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    The country was held up with other issues so this one got brushed aside as with numeruos other issues that get forgotten.
    This will only go to the benifit of the mf land grabbers.

    But we should keep checking back at least a month so to keep the issue alive so that the generals bedmates dont dole it out again.

  6. naveed (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 1:17 am

    Teeth Maestro.
    The case was in court 20 years before you even posted on this metroblog. So much for your “informed opinions”. You need to get your facts right as omar said before starting the same old anti MQM crap that goes on this site.

  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    Naveed – I think a lot remains undisclosed and far more then the eye can see. Also please don’t be naive as to the innocence of MQM, a lot is going on underneath that definitely remains unreported. I am not on an anti-MQM agenda but more geared for a pro-Pakistani agenda. We all know that MQM simply has its own agenda and it has nothing to do with Pakistan….. I leave it at that.

    I think Kashif-X has a point, we better keep a hot rod on the issue as its seen quite often that small distractions usually result in the cake having being disappeared right under our noses. I would not be surprised when Kidney Hill finally becomes history.

  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    I don know its good or bad – but this is on DAWN Site and in paper issue as well

  9. MB (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    Why Altaf dada is silent on this i wonder. On previous occasions he used to poke his nose in every related/unrelated issue.

  10. naveed (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:45 am

    Teeth Maestro
    I am not commenting on MQM, I am commenting on your naive-ness. Just cool down, read your post again and see how stupid it looks (whether or not you hate MQM).
    “I feel this is a very important indicator as to who could potentially be involved in this mess as Karachiites very well know that there is only one party in Pakistan that can prevent the registration of an FIR on any of its party workers ”
    Priceless logic!!!
    And please dont pretend that you are actually the one destined to solve the case by repeatedly posting it on KMB. The case is in court and only the court can decide it.

    MB: Altaf dada is a politician (sort of) and only comments on political issues. Kidney Hill is a legal issue.

  11. Khaaksaar (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 8:52 am

    Kidney (Money) Hill!
    I do agree that the matter of Kidney Hill is now in court, the previous nazim Naimat Khan of Karachi has filed a pitition in the court against the illegle allotment of part of Kidney Hill for reseidential and commercial purpose, but is the previous nazim now on the right path? by this i mean when Naimat Khan was in power even then the Kidney hill was grabbed and cut and buildings were built then and even when the Nazim changed the construction of those buildings were not stopped. Maybe the city government dose not and did not have enough employes to keep a watch on such lands, or maybe those concerned were too busy in there work to be updated about such things. Now where are those buildings? They can be seen if one travels towards the Kidney hill from Amir Khusro Road, Block, 7/8 CP & Berar Society. One can enter Amir Khusro Road from Shaheed-e-Millat Road or Ghazi Sallaudin Road. The Kidnney Hill was cut by Buldozers and other machines, the land was simply grabbed and the construction was started, one by one a building was constructed in a row, the previous government knew about it and the recent government knows about it. Maybe, maybe not. If some people are allowed to grab government land and build big bungalows then let there be equality for all citiziens. Shouldnt all citizens be allowed to just grab any government land which is ment for recreation, amenity, parks for little children to play and those who want to spend a little time away from the congested, cramped, polluted city Karachi, for some peace of mind? In Karachi lots of land in the past has been grabbed by people. I wonder what kind of people with power are those who let these things happen? As far as i understand those people do believe that they will die someday, but will not be answerable to anyone. Ever heard of the word Fironiyath?
    The lion and the unicorn
    Were fighting for the crown;
    The lion beat the unicorn
    All round about the town. Useful Transactions in Philosophy (William King)

  12. Kashif-x (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

    This has got nothing to do with mqm, everyone here just wants to save this from the land grabbers.

    The cases will be heard durring our lifetimes, and by the time any verdict is reached, there will hardly be anything left of this land to cheer about.
    Altaf Dada, we would love to see you voice your concerns on this matter to support the citizens of karachi

  13. wasiq (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    His Master’s Voice

    dum dara dum dara mast mast dara – 2
    dum dara dum dum
    oh hum dum bin tere kyaa jeenaa……….

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