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Flood victims move court against expulsion from camp

HYDERABAD: Sindh High Court Hyderabad Circuit Bench has issued notices to the provincial and district government officers in a petition filed by the flood displaced people living in New Sabzai Mandi relief camp against their expulsion from the camp. The single bench comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar was seized with a constitutional petition filed by Ali Gohar, Abdul Majeed, Muhammad Khan, Muhammad Nawaz and other IDPs through advocate Nazeer Bhatti.

The petitioners pleaded that without any adequate rehabilitation measures they would become shelterless. On May 12, 2011, EDO Revenue Hyderabad issued notices for vacation of the camp and termination of all relief activities there.

They have urged the court to take action against the government officers who stopped providing them ration, cut off water supplies and harassed their families to drive them out. On the other hand, the government maintains that the ‘place’ is a
private property where a new vegetable market has to be started probably by the end of this year. They also hold that since the flood emergency has been lifted, therefore, the flood affected people have no right to stay in the camps.

Additional Advocate General Allah Bachayo Soomro appeared for the respondents and pleaded for more time to submit replies but the court fixed the hearing for June 3 and summoned Chief Secretary Sindh, relief commissioner Karachi, DCO and EDO Revenue of Hyderabad, District Flood Officer, Mukhtiarkar tehsil Hyderabad City and SHO
Hatri, who are cited as respondents in the case.

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Saleem Shaikh

The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.

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