March 31: Ali Afsar has taken charge as Chairman of the Silk Route Dry Port, Sost. He will be heading an interim management setup that finishes the nine years old setup, headed by Ghazanfar Ali Khan and his son, Saleem Khan.
Talking to Shukoor Azam Rumi of weekly Baad-e-Shimal Afsar, reportedly, has said that the outgoing management had been plundering funds at the dry port that handles imports and exports between China and Pakistan. He accused the management of causing monitory losses equaling 300 million rupees to the shareholders and national exchequer.
Afsar, along with newly appointed directors Sulan Ali, Alam Jan and Ahmad, said that vested interests were trying to create a rift between the peopl of Gojal and Hunza. He further said that the new setup will look after the interests of the shareholders and landowner, unlike the outgoing management.
Talking in a forum organized by weekly Baad-e-Shimal they said that Mir Ghazanfar had illegaly managed the dry port for nine years, hindering all efforts to organize the constitutionaly required elections after every two years. They further accused the outgoing cabinet of hiding annual revenue figures from the directors, members and all stakeholders of the border port.
The interim setup, it is being said, has yet to cross many hurdles before taking complete charge of the port. They are still to take oath of their offices. With uncertainity hanging over the head of the interim setup there is little hope that things will improve at the second largest investment in the history of Gojal, after construction of KKH.