Withdrawal of leases in Gilgit Baltistan demanded

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday 26 July—–August 1, 2008

By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The federal government should withdraw all leases in Gilgit-Baltistan otherwise the matter would be taken to the International Court of Justice. This was stated by Balawaristan National Front (BNF) spokesman Safdar Ali in a statement issued here.He said the government had issued leases to hundreds of non-local people which was in violation of the State Subject Rule. He said if the government did not change its policy about the issue it would be raised in all forums and all options including moving the courts would be utilised against the injustice. The BNF spokesman further said on the one hand the government and its agencies were trying to get the masses believe that the region lacked resources while on the other over two thousand and six hundreds leases had been issued to non-locals in the region. He said the beneficeries of the leases were multi-national companies and non-local enterpreneurs. He said people of Gilgit-Baltistan opposed the matter and would not allow the state to rob them of their resources.


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