Before he had no eyes of the camera facing him, Sattar bluntly begun his talk by extolling Mustafa Kamal for “his dedicated works and services for the village”. “He was the man who provided us jobs and built infrastructure and roads here.”
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It was his tenure when some of our male dwellers were appointed lifeguards at Mubarak Village beach while scores of others got vocations at the local high school, he maintained.
In his conversation, he also praised the MQM and said it was a party of educated segment.
Former mayor Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal inaugurating 48-kilometre Mubarak Village-Hub River Road on December 16, 2007.
But his remarks didnt suggest that the PPP was in good books of the villagers. They [PPP leaders] only resort to lip-service and never materialized their promises for development of the village.
He recalled that the PPP established a dispensary at the village but it had no doctors since day one. “Let me share that scores of girls have died here in delivery cases as we have no doctors to look after such cases. We take our girls to the city in emergency and they die on the way.”
He became more careful while answering such queries before the camera and fended off being too critical of the PPP.
Another villager, who was posted as lifeguard at the beach, named Riaz says “life is not easy here”.
Riaz, a lifeguard who also works as a fisherman to meet his livelihood at the Mubarak Village.
“We are paid remuneration, but not when the season is off and there is no fishing.”
He also was not hesitant to heap praise on Mr. Kamal. “He gave us jobs and paid heed to the miserable living conditions in the area. No other representative cared for us like Mustafa Kamal did,” he plainly stated.
One more local man, Sheraz, who spoke to Arynews.tv said he was in the village since his childhood and “I never saw any government leader coming here to listen to our problems.”
Our good source of livelihood is also dependent on visitors like you, he underlined, saying we rented out wooden-made makeshift huts to visitors and they pay us amount varying from Rs 500 to Rs 2000. “But it becomes challenging for us when the sea is rough and there are no visitors. We also cant go fishing during that period.”
We have become habitual of facing challenges and just going by it. But, he said, “we are also humans and how long our generations will continue to live such a miserable life?”.
The government earns billions of rupees from the fishing sector, but continuous neglect of fishermen community of one of the important fishing villages is a reason to worry.
Mubarak Village is the second largest fishermen village in Karachi.