Diamer elders want halt to operation
GILGIT, July16 : Elders and elected members from Diamer district have expressed reservations over the ongoing operation against suspected terrorists in the region and demanded halt to it.
An official told Dawn that a six member delegation comprising elders, religious leaders and elected representatives led by minister Basheer Ahmed Khan, met the Chief Minister Syed Mahdi Shah in CM House here on Tuesday.
The official said the delegates informed the chief minister that the ongoing operation had created horrifying environment and disturbed routine life in Diamer.
The elders, said the official, assured that they the local population was against terrorism and would hand over to the law enforcement agencies if they found any suspected element in their midst.
The official quoted the CM as telling the delegation that the operation was launched on intelligence reports that terrorists were present in the district.
However, the chief minister assured the delegation that operation would never affect the local peaceful environment.
Meanwhile, according to a press release, the elders and lawmakers also demanded of the CM to ensure payment of compensation to the affected landowners of Diamer-Basha Dam as per the market rates.
Mehdi Shah assured the delegation that rights of the affected people would be protected at all costs. He directed the Diamer deputy commissioner to address the issues facing the people in that regard.
DRAFT LAW REJECTED: Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party central leadership has also rejected the proposed Mining and Minerals Concession Rules, 2014, prepared by the GB Council, and vowed that the party would not allow transfer of issuing mining and minerals licence authority from GB elected representatives to bureaucracy in Islamabad.
According a press release issued by the PPP media office in Islamabad on Tuesday, Senator Farhatullah Babar, who is also member of the Senate committee on human rights on Gilgit-Baltistan, termed the draft as an assault on the fundamental rights of the local people.
The draft would be tabled in the meeting of the GB Council for voting, which is scheduled to be held in Islamabad on July 21.
Published in Dawn, July 16th, 2014