GB govt asked to lift ban on mining
GILGIT, Dec 30: Pakistan People’s Party leader Imran Nadeem has said that thousands of poor people associated with the mineral sector have became jobless following the ban on issuance of licence and movement of precious stones from GB to other parts of the country.
Speaking at a press conference in Skardu on Monday, he said that there was no ban on mining throughout the country, but it was slapped in GB, which was injustice with the people. He demanded that the ban should be lifted forthwith.
“There is no clear mining policy of the region; while local people are not being given mineral licences non-local companies are getting the same without any trouble,” he observed.
He said that top officials of the GB mineral department were main hindrance to the development of the sector.
“The ban was imposed six years ago, but during that period non-local people are being mineral licences on the intervention of the federal bureaucracy and influential people,” he alleged.
Mr Nadeem said that preparing the mining policy for the region was the task of the GB Council, but it had failed to do so. He warned that if the government didn’t solve the issue the people would take to the streets.
When contacted, GB Council member Wazir Ebadat told Dawn that the council had prepared the mining policy, which would be approved by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as being chairman of the GB Council in the upcoming session of the council on January 5. Dawn News.