Gilgit GB Assembly’s leader of the Opposition Amjad Hussain Advocate has said that he rejects the notification to create a national park on the land of Gilgit-Baltistan. Whether it is done by PPP, PML-N, or PTI, or anyone else, all these notifications are wrong, we reject them, he said.
He also said, “we cannot allow anyone to sell our lands, 2% land for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and 52% land for wildlife conservation. This is oppression and we will not tolerate this oppression.” He informed the House on Thursday that in the first meeting of the cabinet, the land of Gilgit-Baltistan was given free in the name of National Park while in the second meeting, the land of Gilgit-Baltistan was allotted free of cost to make NAB an office.
The land is allotted free of cost for every federal institution to set up offices. Has NAB ever been allotted free land to set up their office in Sindh and Punjab? He said that the value of the land given by the provincial government in the name of National Park in a period of three months is more than the total budget of Gilgit-Baltistan for thirty years, so the notification of National Park should be withdrawn.
The opposition leader also said that due to the notification to establish Himalayan National Park and Nanga Parbat National Park, people could not even cultivate their own lands. He said that the Gilgit-Baltistan government is a puppet and selected, and we have strong reservations about it. There is a lot of unrest among the people due to the notification of the establishment of the two parks, so the notification of these two parks should be withdrawn.
Last year PM Imran Khan inaugurated the Himalayan and Nanga Parbat national parks in Gilgit Baltistan to protect wildlife and natural forests. The newly established national parks are located in the Diamer-Astore division of GB and that covers an area of 3600 sq Km nearly 5% of GB land area.