China, November 07: Pakistan's absurd, illegitimate and anti-people policies on Gilgit-Baltistan continue. On October 18, 2011, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated the construction of a controversial mega-dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, a region illegally occupied by them. The 12 billion dollar Diamer-Bhasha Dam on River Indus would generate 4,500 megawatt of electricity to meet Pakistan's growing power needs. Unfortunately, the people of Gilgit Baltistan, especially 32 villages in Diamer District, are fear of grave socio-economic and environmental implications by the project. Pakistan has adopted the policy of exploiting the land and resources of Gilgit-Baltistan without benefiting the locals.
Pakistan’s absurd, illegitimate and anti-people policies on Gilgit-Baltistan continue.
"This is an injustice. It’s like an attempt to rob people of their rights. I want to appeal to the entire international community that you should try and understand this matter. The 20-lakh citizen of this region are protesting against this project (Bhasha Dam). So, it's very important to give consideration on this matter. Here the politicians, the journalists and every member of the society are against the construction of (Bhasha) Dam. Why they are against it? There are issues that need to be resolved. Please come and listen to their voices, unless you resolve all the issues, building of this dam would be a major mistake. Pakistan has to pay the price for it. “ ANWAR HUSSAIN LEADER, GILGIT-BALTISTAN DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE, GILGIT
Pakistan has proven from its policies and strategies that it is not interested in the protection, development and well being of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, but only in exploiting their resources.