Pakistan: Housing at Its Worst

Some consider the housing conditions and backlog in Pakistan to be the worst in the world.
November 27, 2003, 9am PST | Connie Chung
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"The housing problem in Pakistan - the winner of a global award for consistently abusing and defying housing rights laws in 2002 - has further worsened, with the authorities pushing through massive development projects that will leave thousands homeless." Those who signed a petition against the development of a highway project that will only exacerbate the housing problems described it as " 'a typical example of intensive planning where a grandiose project is developed ignoring larger contextual realities, where physical results are more important than people and environment and where the megalomania of politicians and fantasy of planners is satisfied'....Squatter settlements now constitute about 50 per cent of the population....Stumped by the slump, the government has sent an SOS to the private sector to step in."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Monday, November 24, 2003 in Yahoo! Newswire
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