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Territorial disputes: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sending fact-finding team to Gilgit-Baltistan

Senior Minister Siraj-ul-Haq on Friday told the Provincial Assembly that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government would send a high level delegation to Gilgit-Baltistan today (Saturday) for fact-finding mission and resolution of territorial disputes between the people of two provinces.

Responding the points raised by the joint opposition here, the senior minister said they would try to present the report to legislators on March 3 and find out a dignified solution to the ongoing crisis among the people of Kohistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. The government has arranged a briefing for the parliamentary leaders on the worsening law-and-order situation on March 3.

Supporting leader of the opposition Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan for asking the government for writing letter to Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan to form a committee to resolve territorial dispute, but, said they should wait for the decision of the boundary commission already reviewing this case.

Siraj-ul-Haq said the people should not decide the case by themselves as it is the responsibility of the governments to take decisions on such issues. He said the KP government is aware of the situation and would ensure rights of its people. He said the people of GB are also Muslims and Pakistanis and extended sympathies with the affected families in the ongoing disputes.

Earlier, Abdul Sattar Khan of PML-N expressed deep concern over the disputes and threatening statement of Mehdi Shah. He said he has been raising this issue since long but the government adopted mum over resulting in the killing of precious lives saying the people of Kohistan and GB are entrenched and could worsen the situation in future if proper practical steps are not taken. Leader of opposition Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan said it is the responsibility of the government to settle the problems and save the people from fighting. He also asked the people of KP and GB to stop fighting as it is not their job to solve such issues by themselves; suggest the government to write a letter to the Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan to form a commission if the politicians could not sit and resolve the problem.

Sardar Hussain Babak, of ANP Salim Khan (PPP) supported the mover and urged the government to immediately resolve the disputes. The deputy speaker Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi referred a joint privilege motion of Wajhuzaman and Reshad Khan MPAs to the concerned committee.

The movers expressed concern over a press report mentioning their names in the list of those seven lawmakers forming a forward block in the PML-N KP. Terming the report as baseless and concocted, the movers insisted the matter should be probed as to who are behind the conspiracy.

The Minister for Information, who has earlier stated he would talk to the reporter and probe the issue, asked the media to demonstrate maturity and verify facts before going to press. The opposition leader said the government should not plot to create cracks in opposition ranks. He said they are well aware of the tactics but they abandon the past's practices on their own will and did not want to repeat the previous mistakes. He said the entire nation has faced the consequences of undemocratic activities; asking the rulers his party has decided to respect the right of majority party.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2014


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