The action committee of affected people of Bhasha Dam, Kohistan has threatened to forcibly remove the Basri Das check post and suspend food supply to Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), it said in a press release.
According to a senior member of the committee, Asadullah Qureshi, a meeting was called on Wednesday where it was said the area of Basri Das, where the G-B government has established a check post, actually falls under Harban, Kohistan.
Qureshi added this was proven by a 1955 report of Survey of Pakistan and further endorsed by the map of the forestry department. The check post was created in 2008, after protests by Kohistanis had forced the dam project to be shelved in 2006.
Qureshi said the residents of Thordas in G-B were making unlawful claims of ownership, despite the fact that legal papers show otherwise.
He said participants of the meeting have warned the G-B government to remove the check post from their area, otherwise the people of Kohistan would themselves forcibly remove it and also suspend the wheat supply to G-B via Karakorum Highway.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2013.
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