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Pakistan first in South Asia to have 'political parks'
 

 KARACHI, October 22 (Internews): Authorities in Pakistan's largest city
 have agreed to a proposal to designate 17 parks in Karachi where the
 public can vent their pent-up political feelings.
 If implemented, Karachi will be the first city in South Asia with such a
 facility.
 The Sindh Home Department has agreed to the proposal by the elected City
 Government to allow the people to publicly exercise their right to
 freedom of expression at places akin to the Hyde Park in London.
 For this purpose, the City Government has earmarked 17 places for public
 gatherings where various political, social, cultural and religious
 organisations will be allowed to hold public meetings or gatherings.
 According to city government sources, these places have been earmarked
 officially for public meetings and gatherings for the first time in
 order to promote a healthy political culture and for building an
 organised society.
 "This decision has been taken keeping in view the fact that if people
 are not allowed the freedom of expression, this may lead to adoption of
 negative attitudes which, besides creation of law and order problem,
 disrupts the city life, because at present gatherings and processions
 are organised on roads and streets," one official said.
 The policy of allocating public space to protesters and other political
 social gatherings is in vogue in most European countries where those
 expressing anger at government policies or opposing any idea can stage
 protests.
 The places earmarked for the purpose are: Jehangir Park (Saddar), Kakri
 Ground (Lyari), Urdu Science College Ground (Gulshan), China Ground and  Kashmir Ground (Jamshed), Block No 1 (Shah Faisal), RCD Ground near  Masjid Rashdia (Malir), Korangi Stadium, Muzaffarabad Stadium (Landhi),  Baloch Ground (Keamari), Mauripur Village, Football Ground near Ali Bhai  School (SITE), Baldia Ground near Union Council Baldia, Ground behind  Bhyo Hospital (Orangi), RIG Ground (Gulberg), Annu Bhai Park  (Liaquatabad), Jesco Ground (N Nazimabad), New Karachi Ground (Gadap)  and Gulzar-e-Hijri Ground (Sohrab Goth). -Internews

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