Listen to GB grievances
PEOPLE of Gilgit-Baltistan are protesting these days against machina tions by some rival tribes, supported by vested interests that are aimed at depriving them of their legitimate rights as far as construction of DiamerBhasha dam is concerned. This is not for the first time as in the past as well either people of Kohistan or Diamer have been resorting to agitation to highlight their claims over eight kilometre of disputed piece of land.
The issue arose after the government announced compensation for the families affected by the construction of the dam. People from Kohistan claimed that the area upstream up till the Basari check post near Chilas, fell under Kohistan’s jurisdiction. On the other hand, locals of the Diamer district maintained that the area downstream up to Harban belonged to them. There are reasons to believe that people of GB are being discriminated as originally the dam site was well within the GB area but thanks to then Chairman WAPDA who belonged to KP, it was bifurcated between GB and KP just for the sake of long term monetary benefits in the shape of royalty. There was absolutely no justification to locate power house in KP area when more appropriate sites were available in GB region for the purpose but people of GB were denied their due right only because no one pleaded their cause effectively. Champions of small Provinces have been very vocal but they keep mum when it comes to safeguarding rights of people of GB. Deploying of security forces to brow-beat locals would not resolve the issue that needs to be settled in a just and transparent manner. There had been a suggestion for setting of a neutral commission to determine the fate of the chunk of the disputed land and it should be formed without losing further time.