PAKISTAN: Christian families have appealed to the government to provide them with alternative shelter before going ahead to demolish their century-old homes in Landikotal.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Pakistan said, Arshad Masih, flanked by a number of Christian women and children, told a press conference on Monday that without proper notice, they were asked to vacate the homes. Masih said they have served as government servants and served at different government departments.
Arshad Masih said more than thirty christian families were living in the official compound in Landikotal before partition. He said on the short notice issued to them to leave their homes, Christian community across the country should raise a voice for them.
“Where will we go to if our children and women are thrown out of the homes as we heve no alternate shelter to move into”, said Masih. He added that it was not justice to pull out children and women from their homes and leave them on the streets.
He said the government should provide them shelter before the homes are demolished. They said they would resist if their homes were being demolished by force.
The local officials have issued notice to the Christian families residing in official compound to vacate the homes to extend the Landikotal jail. The officials said they had no other alternate option but the christians homes situated in the official compound had to be demolished to extend the Landikotal sub-jail.
Landikotal bazaar union president Jafar Khan Shinwari said it would be injustice to the christian families if they were made homeless.