Pakistanis from government homes clash with Karachi police

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<pPakistanis who have been living for decades in housing provided for government employees in Karachi have clashed with police to protest the Supreme Court's eviction orders against them.

<pThe residents threw stones and the police used their batons Wednesday, leaving at least 12 injured on both sides.

<pOfficer Shamael Riaz says police tried to remove the protesters' barricades and also used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd but later pulled back under orders.

<pHe says over a dozen protesters were arrested for obstructing police efforts to carry out the eviction orders.

<pThe housing, in an area called Pakistan Quarters, is different from state-sponsored homes for the poor. Once a government employee retires or leaves the job, he or she has six months to vacate the home.