Land Grabbers of IDPs of Astor- Suo Motu Action of the Court

GILGIT (ET): Gilgit-Baltistan’s Supreme Appellate Court has taken suo motu notice of usurpation of displaced people’s land near Astore Valley, directing the deputy commissioner to explain why the incident took place. The court headed by Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi took up the case after victims submitted an application requesting the court to have their land vacated from the possession of people from Bunji area.

G-B Supreme Appellate Court takes suo motu notice of usurpation of displaced people’s land. PHOTO: FILE

Sources said the application moved by the victims stated at least 28 families of Mir Malik – a remote village of Astore – had lost their lands and belongings in the 1960s after a calamity struck the village. The affected people led a delegation in a laborious journey, made mostly on foot, which reached Islamabad from Gilgit and pleaded their case with then president of Pakistan Ayub Khan. The president reportedly called the Gilgit-Baltistan government and instructed them to rehabilitate the displaced people. Meanwhile, people from Bunji occupied that land and refused to vacate it despite various attempts and requests by the legitimate owners.

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