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Chitral: Mass movement planned against Qaqlasht housing scheme

BOONI: People of Booni at a meeting on Sunday decided to arrange a mass movement against the KP government’s plan to launch a housing scheme at the public pasture of Qaqlasht.Elected members of the Booni village councils 1 and 2 along with local notables and members of Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam participated in the meeting which was held at the BLSO office.

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Tehreek leader and naib nazim of village council Booni 1, Muhammad Pervez Lal, briefed the meeting about the government’s plan to grab the public pasture of the local people and carve it into expensive plots and sell them mostly to outsiders. The meeting was informed that the local people neither wanted to buy such plots nor most of them can afford to purchase them. As a result, people from Punjab, KP and other areas of the country would flood to the area and settle here after making spacious bungalows at Qaqlasht, damaging the local culture and becoming a nuisance for the area. Moreover, the people of Booni and scores of villages in the Mulkhow tehsil would be deprived of their right to use the land as a pasture and a safe place for shelter during natural disasters such as floods.

The participants of the meeting strongly opposed the move and said they would never allow the government to deprive the inhabitants of Booni to Kushum and Kosht of their proprietary right on the pasture.
The participants formed a committee to assess the number of houses in Booni after which a coordination committee would be made to hold talks with the people of Mulkhow and other areas and launch a mass movement against the housing scheme. The participants also decided that they would hold a meeting with the people of Mulkhow on January 22 to devise a joint strategy against the government’s housing plan.

Published in chitraltoday on 17 Jan 2016

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