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Civil unrest in Pakistan

Anti-riot police had to be called in after enraged residents of Akhtar Colony, Manzoor Colony, Defence View and Qayyumabad took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the acute water shortage and prolonged power outages in their localities

Water, power woes force people to take to the streets (Pakistan)
Anti-riot police had to be called in after enraged residents of Akhtar Colony, Manzoor Colony, Defence View and Qayyumabad took to the streets on Tuesday to protest against the acute water shortage and prolonged power outages in their localities

The exasperated youth pelted vehicles on Korangi Road and the Qayyumabad Roundabout with stones, which resulted in a severe traffic jam in the adjoining arteries. They chanted slogans against the KWSB and the KESC, burnt tyres, damaged electricity poles, sign boards and broke street lights in the area.

Arshad Zaman, a Defence View resident, claimed that people in his locality were “dying” for water, but despite complaints, the water board authorities did not seem to be interested in their woes. “People cannot live without water for a single day, and here we are without it for the past two weeks.”

He said many people were compelled to pay hefty sums to the tanker mafia to acquire limited quantities of water. “Most families cannot even afford to buy water in poor localities.”The water woes were multiplied in many areas of the city after KESC resorted to power outages at the Dhabeji pumping station of the KWSB.

Original story here.

18 April, 2012