BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: The role of Chinese in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Sost Dry port has come to an end after a court ruled against them.
The decision came in favour of Sost Dry Port Trust, which further leased the port to the National Logistic Cell (NLC) for a period of 20 years under an agreement.
The G-B Chief Court’s decision came two years after staff of Chinese company “The Sino-Trans” and staff of Pakistani company Dry Port (Limited) Company clashed in the dry port over powers to run the affairs of the port.
The clash left the matter to court to decide matters of the port, which is located in the last town before China.
“The decision is in favour of us,” said Zafar Iqbal, chairman Sost Dry Port Trust on Thursday.
“Now we have leased the port to NLC under an agreement,” Iqbal told Outpost.
He said the decision to handing the port over to the NLC was taken in a general meeting with members of the Port Trust. “Since army has a major role in the CPEC we are pleased to work with them.”
Iqbal said army will make it sure the NLC handles the affairs in a better way to make the port a profitable entity in future especially in the wake of CPEC.
“The locals will be preferred for job at the Dry Ports while the jobs of the already employed people will be secured,” said Iqbal referring to the agreement that will last next 20 years.