ISLAMABAD: At least 66 people were arrested as the Capital Development Authority continued with its operation is an Afghan refugee settlement in Islamabad, Aaj News reported.
The arrested have been handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Court on physical remand.
The Capital Development Authorities is conducting an operation in I-11, the largest slum settlement in the city.
Heavy machinery and a large deployment of police and Rangers bulldozed the thatched settlement.
The slum spread over 15 to 30 acres has over 10,000 Afghan refugees. Of them 6000 are registered voters, who had been helped form national identity cards during elections, an Aaj News reporter at the site said.
The slum was formed in the 1980s when the Afghan war was on its way. It had become a no-go area where 288 plots had been taken over by dwellers.
Police and Rangers are busy bulldozing houses, while residents are protesting the eviction. During the protest a resident also got injured.
Over 300 houses have been bulldoze by the capital authorities and operation is expected to end soon, a CDA spokesman said.
Members from the CDA had given notices to the resident to leave their house a week before.
However a vibrant campaign on social media criticizing the eviction is going on. The movement titled #stopeviction is underway.