Customs officials’ acts perturb minister

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, August 9—-August 15, 2008

By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: Federal Minister for Environment Hamidullah Jan Afridi was shocked after he was informed by the local communities that the customs officials posted at Sost were indulged in illegal activities against wildlife in Khunjerab National Pak.President of Conservation Management Committee in Gojal, Sifattuddin brought the issue to the notice of the minister at a ceremony held to launch PMAC, a five-year project of the environment ministry in the Northern Areas, in Jamalabad village, about 250km from here.Din said they wanted to draw the minister’s attention towards the customs department officials’ unlawful activities inside the park and urged him to take action against them.The minister said he would take up the issue with the authorities concerned after reaching Islamabad.He asked the CMC members to meet him with details of such activities, so that no one could violate rules and sabotage the years-long community efforts to conserve natural resources.Highlighting the shortage of power in their valley, the president CMC demanded that the government should provide them with alternatives, so that they could be able to meet their needs through other means instead of cutting trees.Earlier, the minister handed over a check for $6,720 to the community of Gulkin as part of the community share accrued through trophy hunting fee.He also presented checks for Rs300,000 and Rs250,000 to the conservation management committees of Gojal and Misgar, respectively, on behalf of PMAC.


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