BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) plans to introduce a bill in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) assembly to give ownership rights of barren land to local people.
The development came days after G-B government allocated a vast barren land in Diamer district to army to ensure security to China Pakistan Economic Project (CEPEC).
“We have done homework and the bill will be tabled in the next session,” PPP regional president Amjad Hussain advocate said about the bill that titled “G-B Village Common Land (Shamilat Deh) Regulation Act 2016.”
Amjad was however the first person to oppose the government’s move to allot land to the $46billion project, asking government to pay compensation in return for the land acquired.
“This bill will ensure compensation for the local people if government acquires their land,” said Amjad who has drafted the bill and plans to table it in the assembly through Imran Nadeem, PPP’s lone ranger in the 33-member G-B assembly.
Explaining Shamilat Deh, Amjad said land described in revenue record as Khalisa Sarkar, Ghair Mumkin Banjar or Banjar qadeem, pastures.
He said of total Shamilat, 15 percent will be reserved for common purposes and five for the poorest class of the villagers under management of union council. The powers of chief secretary will also be delegated to union councils.
Once the enacted into a law, the G-B Noutor Rules 1980 and previous Noutor rules, which were against human rights and religion, will stand repealed.
“We appeal every lawmaker in the assembly to support us get this bill through,” said PPP president, adding lawmakers disinterest will be tantamount to disloyalty with the people.
Ajmad claimed land worth billions of rupees in district Diamer, Gilgit, Ghizer, Baltistan and Hunza Nagar was being allocated to CPEC without paying compensation to the real owners who are none other than the people.