BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Thursday announced it would launch a movement to protect land of Gilgit-Baltistan from being illegally taken away for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“Under the law the land belongs to indigenous people but the government doesn’t honour that,” said Amjad Hussain, president of PPP referring to the land allotted for CPEC project.
In district Diamer, government has already allocate a substantial piece of land to Pakistan Armyso it can set up headquarters and ensure security for the multibillion dollar project.
In addition, a vast chunk of barren land has also been reportedly identified in Gilgit and Diamer districts for CPEC related projects. However the chief minister then said people would be paid as per market rate as and when a decision from court comes.
“Now we have decided to mobilse masses to get their support for this crucial issue,” Hussain told reporters in Gilgit.
The formal ruling party of G-B has already chalked out a plan to hold a protest rally in Danyor area on 1st of November – a date coinciding with G-B’s Independence Day.
“The land is like mother to the natives so we wouldn’t let our mother go. Every year we marked 1st November as Independence Day but this time around we will mark it to convey our grievances and sorrows to rulers who deprive us of our motherland,” said Hussain who replaced Mehdi Shah as party president after PPP suffered humiliation in the G-B elections last year.
Hussain, who was also accompanied by vice president Jamil Ahmed during the talk, said they would lay a siege to chief secretary office if necessary.
Hussain asked G-B assembly to make laws to ensure payment of compensation to residents. “Take the land but ensure compensation and that’s only possible through legislation.”
He said his party has already submitted a bill titled the G-B Village Common Land (Shamilat Deh) Regulation Act 2016 in the assembly but that hasn’t been discussed as yet.
Once law is enacted, he said of total Shamilat or inclusion, 15% will be reserved for common purposes and 5%for the poorest villagers under the management of the union council. Once enacted into a law, the Nautor Rules 1980 and previous Nautor rules, which he said were against human rights, will stand repealed. Nautor laws deal with the utilisation of wastelands.
Published in Outpost on October 28, 2016