Dr Arif Alvi does a press conference on the CBC protest issue and the false FIR registered against the elected representatives of the area
Dear Zaffar Abbas Sahib,
Reporting by DAWN on 8th April of our protest in front of CBC is inaccurate with misplaced priorities totally ignoring the main points.
Public offices cannot be closed down for two days while hundreds of people are left floundering outside even those who need death certificates and burial places for those who died. The protesters were non-violent for the second day running. We again on the second day asked CBC to open the main gate. An elected councillor Adeeba Arif was locked in and not allowed to come out also (video available). MNA/MPAs and elected councillors were not allowed in. We gave them time up to 9:30 to open the gates (because of people waiting for their work outside) and sent a message through the ‘locked in’ Councillor (video available). When this did not happen and after waiting a few hours the public pushed the outside gate which actually yielded in one push. Police was there and no violence happened. However once inside, policemen had a verbal altercation with a few people and they started arresting them. The video circulating about me was when I was (though angrily) trying to turn the head of the SHO away from the altercation.
Your report states that realising the situation the additional chief executive officer agreed to hold talks with a delegation. I wish the CEO had not thrown out the elected legislators and elected councillors out of his office on April 4th and then shut up the office on Thursday and Friday. We appealed for two days for talks.
Dr Arif Alvi along with his MP's and councillors went inside the CBC to present their demands, they were successful in bringing the additional CEO to came out and address the gathering
Elected members of the NA-250 sat with the Additional CEO of CBC to argue about the water crisis in the area - this is after the elected members successfully pushed themselves into the CBC after being barricaded outside for a few hours
Dr Arif Alvi talking to the residents outside CBC while he & the elected MP's were being prevented from entering the CBC premises #KarachiKoPaniDo Protest
CBC has locked out resident and elected representatives from going inside the public offices to lodge a complaint - overnight from the previous days protest the CBC has lined its gates with barbed wires - to keep citizens from complaining
Khurrum Sher Zaman speaks on the #KarachiKoPaniDo Water Protest
Samar Khan media talk outside the CBC office during the #KarachiKoPaniDo protest
Dr Arif Alvi's video message calling out to all DHA and Clifton residents to join the water protest on Thursday 6th April at CBC office at 8:30am for your demand for Water in the area #KarachiKoPaniDo
Unless each one of you does not join in raising a voice for your cause and issue - no one will listen, CBC needs to be forced to comply and provide its residents with water - all residents pay water tax and in return they get no water from CBC - this must stop - and we need to join hands to stand up for our cause
On Tuesday April 4th at CBC office MPA Samar Ali Khan and his team went to strongly argue for the water supply in this area, There is already a water crisis in the area, to make matters worse CBC has decided to charge an additional Rs 500 from all water tankers coming into the area, taxpayers, who already are paying water tax for "no-water" have the right to protest this
The Additional CEO was very abusive to all attendees including to the MPA, and asked them to immediately leave his offices, all stood their ground, the CFO then scampered off to the CEO's office claiming that 100's of people have ransacked his offices, the video will show a normal number of people peacefully arguing the issue of water. He categorically said – "Move out of DHA as CBC will NOT provide you water"
After a few hours of stand-off PTI has decided to launch a stronger protest on Thursday April 6th morning 8:30am at CBC offices
If YOU care for water in your area, then make your voice heard, it is not politics but it is about standing for your cause, unless you dont come out, no one will care