GBUM warns against move to turn locals into minority

GBUM warns against move to turn locals into minority

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Karachi Saturday, September 6——-September 12, 2008
By Our Correspondent
SKARDU: Chairman Gilgit-Baltistan United Movemnet (GBUM) Manzoor Husain Parwana has said the local population of the region is faced with insecurity due to the monopoly of the alien bureaucracy. He said if efforts to turn the local population into a minority by settling outsiders in the region were not stopped, the area would see Fata-like situation.
He stated this while addressing the workers of the All Parties National Alliance (APNA)’s central working committee here.
He said to keep Gilgit-Baltistan clear of terrorists, extremists and anti-social elements, strict implementation of the State Subject Rule had become necessary.
He said outsiders making huge properties in the region under the patronage of civil and military bureaucracy were a big challenge for Gilgit-Baltistan, adding if the trend was not stopped the future of the region would be unsafe.
Mr Parwana said the brave people of Yasen-Gandayi had taken a bold step by raising voice against plundering of their resources by a foreign company.
He said the people of Gigit-Baltistan should not take side with those who were hell-bent on selling the resources of the region at throwaway prices to outsiders. If we failed to protect our natural resources, our next generation would face starvation, he added.
He said if the trend to allot land in Gilgit-Baltistan and issue leases to outsiders continued the people of the region would be compelled to take take any action to protect their land and resources. He said the consequence of challenging the honour of the local people would be disastrous.

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