KARACHI: Local administration and police have started bulldozing tea shops in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority (DHA) as part of security measures in the wake of the surge in kidnapping cases such as the abduction of Dua Mangi.
According to reports, several tea shops and cafes were ordered to shut down by midnight by DHA administration and police after which they were razed to the ground.
Locals have reportedly expressed resentment over the move as it has resulted in scores of people being unemployed.
Residents have instead called on law enforcement authorities to pay more attention to tightening security than demolishing cafes and affecting the owners and people working there.
They have also urged DHA administration to review its decision.
On November 30, five armed men in a car intercepted Dua and her young friend, who were strolling along the road in DHA, fired multiple shots, left him wounded and took away the girl.
Her abduction triggered widespread public outrage and protests were held calling for her immediate release.
Dua later returned home on December 6, weeks after she was kidnapped.