Karachi, Dec 26: A delegation of Fisherfolk Forum led by MNA elect Abdul Qadir Patel called on Administrator DHA Brig Khalid Tirmizi to discuss the problems of Gizri’s fishermen at Defence Housing Authority’s Main Office here today.

The delegation later held a meeting with the Administrator in which the concerned officials of DHA also participated. The members of fisherfolk forum presented their demands for free access to Gizri Creek for harbouring and anchoring of their boats. The DHA officials expressed certain concerns about the same.

Brig Tirmizi in his opening remarks said that DHA attached great importance to the plight of fishermen and had all sympathies for them. He however added that fishermen issue should be resolved in light of the ground realities and resolved amicably in a positive spirit accordingly.

MNA Qadir Patel responding to Administrator’s gesture of good will assured DHA that fishermen of Gizri would not cause any embarrassment or problem to DHA in context of security and other related issues. He said that Fishermenfolk Forum was keen to co-operate with DHA in resolution of the impasse in true letter and spirit.

The meeting decided to form a four member Committee headed by Dir Special Projects DHA, Brig (R) Iftikhar Haider and comprising of two members each from DHA and Fisherfolk Forum. The Committee is mandated to make suitable recommendations to resolve the Gizri fishermen issue.

The terms of reference would include determining the appropriate site for anchoring/harbouring of boats on Gizri Creek, determining the number of boats allowed to be anchored/parked on Gizri according to the capacity of the bank, registration of boats with DHA and to devise a monitoring mechanism to obviate chances of using boats for human, drug and weapon trafficking purposes by the fishermen.

The recommendations of the Committee once approved by DHA’s Executive Board and Governing Body would be implemented without any delay.

Mr Mohd Ali Shah Chairmen Fishermen Forum Mr Majeed Motani and Mr Sami Memon from Fisherfolk forum attended the meeting. They gave an unequivocal assurance that boats of Gizri Fishermen would solely be used for fishing and not for any joy ride or other illegal purposes.

Source: DHA Karachi