The brick factory that once made bricks for brick factories is no longer standing, but some people still live in its former premises.
The brick factory in the capital Islamabad is no more, the brick factory residential is no less, but the brick building itself has retained its identity, said local resident Mohammed Haseeb.
“But we have no choice now.
We can’t sell it,” he told AFP.
In a bid to preserve the identity of the brick factories, which have been the focus of criticism in recent years, the state has been developing a programme to upgrade them.
In recent years brick factories have been in the news as part of the government’s strategy to modernise and revive the economy, with the bricks made in the factories now sold to the public.
But they are also seen as a symbol of corruption and lack of transparency.
“There are people who say that bricks are being stolen from brick factories.
That is not true,” said Haseem.
“We don’t have any evidence that it’s been stolen.
There are no records.
If the bricks are stolen, they are going to be found and destroyed,” he added.
The government is now also considering how to help brick factories that are in danger of closure.
“I want to see what can be done about these factories.
We are working on this.
The government needs to do more,” said the resident.