KARACHI: Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum PFF with representatives of civil society organizations and rights defenders on Tuesday formed a joint action committee named ‘Gizri Fisherfolk Solidarity Committee’ in order to address the issues of Gizri fishermen.
This was decided at a consultative meeting organized by the PFF, which attracted a large number of civil society representatives and rights defenders to express solidarity with the fishermen of Gizri, who face issues due to closure of routes to their traditional jetties.
The meeting designed a three-month long action plan to take up the issue, facing the fishermen of Gizri neighbourhood of Karachi.
Katherine Alexander of SHEHRI, Elahi Bakhsh of Abdul Hayee of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan HRCP, Shehzad Sadiq of IUCN Natural Resources management NRM Coordinator, Senior researcher Ali Ercelan, Saleem Baloch, ActionAid Pakistan Project Coordinator, PFF chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah, Saeed Baloch, Shujauddin Qureshi of Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research PILER, Nasreen Gill of Bannh Beli, Riaz Nawab of Caritas and elders of Gizri fishermen community attended the meeting.
Earlier, PFF chairperson Mohammed Ali Shah briefed the participants about the four-year long campaign launched by the community people and the decisions unanimously made how to protect the rights of the community.
He said the DHA announced to build a separate jetty for the fishermen but later violated the decision. This approach has put fishermen out of Gizri and Clifton beaches, which were the fishing grounds for the small scale fishermen of the city neighbourhoods.