Hunza, April 28: The newly appointed Chairman of the dry port trust, Ali Afsar, has said that as a last option they opted to take over the Sost Dry Port. He was talking to Zulfiqar Ali Khan of Pamir News on Sunday at Sost Dry Port. He said that the sareholders and trust tried their level best to convince the former cabinet to give due rights to the shareholders but they strengthened their vested interests, instead of giving heed to the concerns. He further added that the new cabinet will ensure merit in future setup and stakeholders will be given due rights.
On question that media has dessiminated misinformation regarding the current development, he said that the “former exploiters are using their influnces to create rifts among local community while labeling this peaceful take over as terrorist act”. “We will receive our Chinese partners with traditional enthusiasm at Khunjerab zero point on may 01, 2008”, he informed us. He clarified that their first priority was investigate the corruptions during last years and streamline the shares of local stakeholders.
“The former Chairman sent officials of local administration and Nambardars to trap us in a game of dialogue but we have rejected it”, he said. The members of Sost WOs have also made similar allegations on former cabinet and demanded public apology in order to normalise the issue.
The port controvercy has made new turns after the newly elected cabinet took over the port on April, 24 with the help of local community. The former cabinet was not part of the election process. Our correspondent tried to know the stance of the former cabinet members but they are in Islamabad to negotiate on this issue.
The local community is stressing on both the parties to resolve the issue peacefully and avoid using any illegal means to jeopardize law and order situation in the region.
The video of interviews taken by Pamir News can be seen by clicking on the link below:
- Ali Afsar, Chairman Silk Route Dry Port Trust [New Cabinet] (Click To OPEN)
- Senior Citizen Protesting, in Burushaski Language (CLICK TO OPEN)
- General View of the Port Building during take over (CLICK TO OPEN)