NWFP assembly passes resolution against Gilgit-Baltistan
By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The NWFP assembly has unanimously passed a resolution asking the federal government to immediately change the name of the proposed Diamer-Basha dam to Basha dam only, arguing that the water reservoir was to be constructed in the geographical limits of the province.
It said to name the dame, which was located in the NWFP, as Diamer-Basha would be illegal as well as an injustice with the people of the province. The resolution was passed by all members of the house present on the occasion.
It may be recalled that the name of the dam was proposed as Basha in the beginning but later due to objections raised by the people of Diamer as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and the elected representatives of the region, the federal government acceded to the demand and changed the name to Diamer-Basha dam.
But with this the issue of royalty was not settled in the favour of Gilgit-Baltistan but NWFP was also made a claimant to the share.
Now with the resolution of the assembly if the federal government, which never stops boasting of its democratic credentials, succumbs to the pressure and change the name of the dam again, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan not only be deprived of the royalty of the dame but their efforts to change the name during the previous regime would also become fruitless.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan would never accept any decision which deprives them of their legitimate rights on their resources.
design prepared: Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Asharaf has said the engineering design of Diamer-Basha dam has been completed.
Answering questions in the National Assembly, he said work on the Diamer-Basha dam would start in the year 2009.
He said work on the dam would be constructed in accordance with the decision of the federal cabinet on January 17, 2006.