Christian slums dwellers appalled as CDA cuts off water supply and wait anxiously for the Supreme Court’s decision over the slums demolition case.
According to details, a case over CDA’s slum demolition is waiting to be decided by the Apex court of Pakistan, as Christian slum dwellers fervently wait for the decision. Meanwhile, Islamabad’s Capital Development Authority (CDA) cuts off water supply to these slums
According to some estimates, there are more than 10,000 dwellers of these slums, and majority of them are Christians. On the other hand, CDA is determined to halt what they call “illegal” settlements, and for this purpose three tube wells of the area have been sealed. Slum dwellers claim this is merely an attempt to hiss them away from their homes. While at the moment, Supreme Court has issued a stay order which temporarily bars demolition or their eviction.
CDA’s is a written reply to the SC stated: “Most of these katchi abadies [slums] are under the occupation of the Christian community. It seems this pace of occupation of land by Christian community may increase. Removal of katchi abadies is very urgent to provide [a] better environment to the citizen[s] of Islamabad and to protect the beauty of Islam.” CDA’s response sparked widespread indignation and outrage amongst the Christians along with religious minorities groups.
Christian slum-dwellers feel insecure and wish that their neighborhood is declared legal and the water supply gets restored. “We are worried; we are under a lot of stress but what we can do? We are helpless,” a Christian slum dweller Nargis Masih said.
Moreover, the slum is named “Rimsha Colony” after the Pakistani Christian teenage girl Rimsha Masih, who was accused and arrested for committing blasphemy back in 2012. Later on, the blasphemy charges were proven false, and Rimsha was released subsequently, Rimsha and her family moved to Canada notwithstanding ongoing threats from neighbors.