Karachi: Making a killing over land
KARACHI: When it comes to your country, perhaps fighting for land is justified if not necessary. But in Karachi, the fight for land means that neighbours will kill each other. On Saturday, Daily Times reported the separate deaths of 12-year-old Basit and father of three Mir Zaat Khan who lost their lives to land grabbers.
In Mir Zaat Khan’s case, the fight was over an empty plot worth Rs 55,000 in Usman Ghani Colony. Mir Zaat and his brother Qasim were shot by land grabbers Sher Zaman, his brother Ibrahim Khan and one unidentified man, as they stood next to the empty plot that is next to their house. “The time has come today to clear the account,” said Qasim, who survived. “Be ready for death.” He cannot remember the haze in which he bolted from the spot. His brother was not as lucky.
Another brother Taj Mohammad Khan explained that his dead sibling bought the plot for Rs 60,000 but the land grabbers wanted it. His brother sold it to them for 55 thousand rupees after the local nazim helped them reach a compromise. Nonetheless, the men had a fight and even though Mir Zaat Khan apologized, the land grabbers decided they could not forgive and forget.
Just close by, 12-year-old Basit met the same fate in Bilalabad. His uncle Rao Amjad told Daily Times that the boy died when one man shot at another again reportedly over land.
The area in question is called Sharah-e-Noor Jehan which is mostly a slum. According to Basit’s uncle, land grabbers were a perpetual menace even though all sorts of people lived in relative peace in the area. “These land grabbers have used the names of political parties by putting up their flags,” he said. “Basit was learning the Quran by heart and he had reached the 27th Sipara.” The investigations police are onto the case, according to SHO Azam Hayat, who added that they expected to make arrests soon.