BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Government will welcome any move to legislate on issues surrounding women and children in the assembly, said Minister works Dr Muhammad Iqbal on Sunday.
Iqbal, who is one of the trusted leaders of chief minister Hafeezur Rehman, made the comments in response to Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) decision to introduce a bill in the assembly to give ownership rights of barren lands to locals.
“PPP leadership is misleading the people by raising such issues,” Iqbal told reporters on Sunday. “The real issues needing legislation are like torture of women and children, murder of women in the name of honour, deforestation and we will support them if they bring a bill to this effect.”
The regional president of PPP, Amjad Hussain advocate recently told media that his party would table a a private bill in the assembly to give rights of barren lands to local, saying anybody opposing it would be disloyal to people of his constitutency.
The bill will be titled the G-B Village Common Land (Shamilat Deh) Regulation Act 2016 and will ensure compensation for locals if the government acquires their land. Amjad claimed land worth billions of rupees in Diamer, Gilgit, Ghizer, Baltistan and Hunza-Nagar districts was being allocated to CPEC without paying compensation to the real owners.
The statement triggered a debate in social media, forcing government to counter the ‘propanganda.’
The minister questioned PPP’s motives and said why the party didn’t make legislation on it while it was in power from 2010 to 2015. “Highlighting the issue now is an attempt to keep itself alive in media.”
Iqbal said PPP can do nothing with just one lawmaker in a 33-member assembly that is dominated by PML-N.