KARACHI: A homeless man in the metropolis has built a home for himself in a large banyan tree as he can’t afford accommodation in a city bursting at the seams.
Muhammad Hassan has been living on his makeshift home in a tree for last 18 years, reported the Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (Rferl).
In an interview with the Rferl, the 81-year-old man said it was his only place to live as he didn’t have another home.
He worked as a labourer in Islamabad for 15 years and then moved to Karachi after death of his wife but due to financial constraints couldn’t buy a home here.
He told the Rferl that he wasn’t happy in Islamabad and hence decided to move to Karachi.
Karachi property prices jumped 23 percent last year to a record high, outpacing other large cities and the national average of 10 percent, data from a property website showed.
Karachi has grown rapidly in the last few decades and now has more than 23 million people, with a population density of over 24,000 people per square kilometer.
Pictures courtesy: Rferl