I WASN’T familiar withthis term’s existence till a couple of years ago, and I know that our chineasefriends won’t be happy with being related with this term, if only by name. MQMwas the first to start this practice of ‘china cutting’ which means slicingplots from parks and land earmarked for public amenities, and converting theminto residential and commercial property that is sold off for huge revenues. MQMleaders are known to making huge profits from these activities. For example, carving out from 500 yard plot into 60 and 100yard small plots.I was devastated hearing about hundreds of amenity plots inKarachi’s different areas including North Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Korangiand Gulistan-e-Jauhar have been cut down to smaller plots through china cuttingalso a popular Bagh-e-Korangi once used to be apark for public, but it has now been converted into residential colony. The term china cuttingis very popular among real estate developers these days and agents who oftenrefer to these lands as “china plots” with each other. It also drew largepublic attention when Rangers mentioned this term in its report on Karachicrimes.
The report said that Rs230 billion is being generated annually fromKarachi’s citizens through extortion, smuggling of Iranian diesel, water supplyand land-grabbing (china cutting in particular).When discussing Pakistan, it is full with defense societieswhere land procured from common governments is allocated sold to serving andresigned officers. They at that point as a rule offer their plots at asignificant increase to regular folks. I am not saying that there is anywrongdoing here. In any case, this immense land operation is viewed as beingencouraged by the assets and clout accessible to the military and I would nothave any desire to see them living in destitution but rather the thing is thatnobody is truly as liberal as our military.
As per the principles figured byour long-gone pioneer experts, state land can be given to military for specificpurposes however in the event that it isn’t being put to any assigned utilizeidentified with the express the plot ought to be returned yet the last piece ofthe administer was not taken after and disregard. In one of the cases Idiscovered it to some degree amusing for Karachi’s leader, Waseem Akhtar of theMQM, to thunder that “Karachi was no one’s close to home property”.This was because of the Sindh government’s current choice (remained by thecourt) to hand over Clifton’s Bin Qasim Park to the land investor, Malik Riaz,for a long time. The thought was for him to spend his own particular cash toreestablish the frail stop following quite a while of disregard under the cityand commonplace governments. It once had an amusement park, and an exquisitelittle aquarium paid for by the Japanese, who additionally provided the fishand sorted out their show. Presently, the recreation center is a no man’s landof scour, sand rises and blowing shopping sacks.
MQM, popular name in politics of Pakistanbasically played a bad joke on its workers the other day. Furtherinvestigation by NAB into the allocation of thousands of acres of land to theMuttaheda Qaumi Movement (MQM) worker. It also revealed that the workers wereawarded plots with fake documents. It was revealed duringthe investigation by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), into theallocation of thousands of acres of land of New Karachi and Surjani Town.
Siddiqui one of the members before Joint Interrogation Team(JIT) claimed that he along with Mamo had managed to grab almost 5,000 plots inSurjani Town and New Karachi areas to finance MQM activities in Karachi. Duringthe investigations, the allotters claimed that they got files of the plots withmaps approved by the Karachi Development Authority (KDA), but they don’t knowanything about that how these files were made and who played role in preparingof these files.