About the Talk:
Over the last two decades, the city of Karachi has seen a mushrooming of private gated communities (e.g. Naya Nazimabad, Bahria Town, Fazaia Housing Scheme, DHA City) that have promised world class living to its middle-class citizens. This commercial housing development has been taking place at the expense of the native people of Karachi such as Kalmati, Gabol, Burfat, and Jokhia tribes whose villages and farm-lands have been increasingly appropriated for commercial purposes, sometimes legally and at other times in flagrant violation of existing laws and regulations. The victims of these projects have knocked at the doors of their elected representatives, the courts, civil society organizations, and the media but their grievances have not been redressed.
Mr. Gul Hassan Kalmati: Historian and organizer Karachi Indigenous Rights Alliance
Mr. Noor Mohd Jokhio: Member, Karachi Indigenous Rights Alliance
Ms. Shahana Rajani: Visiting Faculty, IBA and Member, Tentative Arts Collective
Mr. Arif Hasan: Architect, Town Planner, Teacher, and Rights Activist
Mr. Faheem Zaman: Journalist and Senior Report, Dawn
Dr. Hafeez Ahmed Jamali: Director IDRAC, Habib University