Gilgit-Baltistan: Kohistan’s Claim Termed a Conspiracy to Oppose DB Dam

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GILGIT (ET): With the row over the territorial boundary between Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kohistan district still lingering, lawmakers from G-B have decided to seek assistance from ‘top’ lawyers to fight out their legal battle.
The bone of contention between the people of the two regions is a 10-kilometre stretch of land on either side of Basari check post, which separates Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) from G-B. Residents of Diamer valley and Kohistan have clashed in recent times, with each claiming the disputed area.
In wake of the unrest which also put the future of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam at risk, the federal government stepped in to mediate between the two sides and formed a commission for a resolution of the issue.
“We have decided that the best available lawyers would be engaged to defend the land before the commission,” G-B opposition leader Janbaz Khan said while chairing a meeting attended by residents of Thore in Diamer valley on Saturday. Minister for Works Bashir Ahmed, Parliamentary Secretary Ayub Shah, G-B Council member Amjad Hussain, Public Accounts Committee Chairman Raziuddin Rizvi and Minister for Water and Power Didar Ali were also present among others.
Legislators assured residents ‘all-out support’ to “end the injustice being done to them by Kohistan’s residents.”
The meeting also termed Kohistan’s claim over the disputed land as a ‘conspiracy’ hatched by the K-P government in an attempt to oppose the Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
Earlier this month, hundreds of residents from both Kohistan and G-B blocked the Karakoram Highway for four days to lay claim over the disputed property. The protests had temporarily disrupted traffic from G-B to the rest of the country.

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