KANA minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that “Not a single voice was raised from the people of Northern Areas against this proejct (Diamir-Bhasha Dam).
On Sunday 5, 2006 a prominent and prolific social scientist, Aziz Ali Dad, had written an article for The NEWS. Following are excerpts from that article. The full article can also be downloaded for reference and information.
……The announcement of Bhasha Dam, without the consent of local people, clearly illustrates the plight of the people who have been kept in a constitutional limbo. Bereft of representation the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are vulnerable to the whims of other ethnic communities and the ruling elite of Pakistan. Ironically, Kashmiris on both sides of the divide enjoy representation in assemblies, whereas Gilgit-Baltistan has been kept in a constitutional limbo — because of the Kashmir dispute…..
….. It is unfortunate that eight rivers of the region make 72 per cent of the Indus River, yet it does not have representation in IRSA (Indus River System Authority). Although district Diamer stands to lose 95 per cent of its land to Bhasha Dam, some hidden hands have maneuvered the design to ensure that the power turbines fall on the left of the River Indus so that the neighbouring province could reap the royalty at the cost of the people of Diamer…..
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