Resoulution Passed by GBLA- Wazir Shakil Against the Withdrawal of Mining Licence of Mohsin Industries

GILGIT, July 25: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly on Sunday adopted a resolution against Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister of Punjab, condemning his ‘derogatory’ remarks against former federal law minister Babar Awan.

The resolution was tabled by Shireen Fatima, member from Skardu, which was approved with majority.

Lawmaker Raja Azam accused owner of the Mohsin Industries of smuggling uranium extracted from the region to India and demanded withdrawing his licence.

The Law Minister, Wazir Shakil, said since the said owner had fulfilled all legal formalities he could not be denied licence.

The Chief UPLIFT: Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah said on Monday the government was undertaking a number of measures for socio-economic development of the region.

Talking to Dawn Mr Shah said to set up industries in the region his administration was mulling to build a grid station and also to utilise spare electricity of one district to where it was needed the most. He, however, said the GB was supplied 120MW of electricity against its need of 200MWs.

Mr Shah said the tourism was another sector, which could contribute significantly to the economic uplift of the region, and added the government was taking steps to improve road infrastructure including widening of the Karakuram Highway.

Besides, he stated, the airports of Skardu and Gilgit were being modernised to be used in all weathers.

He said reopening of Kargil-Ladakh-Skardu road was also under consideration to facilitate people’s contacts.

He said 4,500 people would get employment in various government departments, adding, 10 per cent quota had been reserved for women.

Mr Shah said for women separate police stations were being set up in Skardu and Gilgit.

FISSURES: Fissures have appeared in remote Mominabad village of Astore district damaging a few houses and a road in the area, administration officials said.

“Due to fissures in the village a road in the area has come under soil and rocks. The falling rocks and soil have also damaged some five houses but there is no human loss”, said Deputy Commissioner, Astore, Zafar Waqar Taj.

He said Geological Survey of Pakistan had been requested to conduct examination of the nature of fissures. (Dawn)

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