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Residents of PoK's Gilgit Baltistan protest over awarding mining contracts to foreign company
PoK Protest
Representational image by Voice of America via Wikimedia Commons

Residents of PoK's Gilgit Baltistan protest over awarding mining contracts to foreign company

| @indiablooms | 08 Jul 2022, 08:51 pm

Gilgit Baltistan, PoK: The local residents of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK)'s Gilgit Baltistan staged a sit-in blocking the Karakoram Highway in Hunza's Nasirabad for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday to protest against the minerals department for permitting mining leases to an outsider company, reports said.

The Dawn reported that a large number of people including women and men participated in the protest and demanded ownership rights of the local resources.

The agitators have accused the minerals department of colluding with the investors, depriving the locals of their rights.

The day-long demonstration has created problems for the tourists and local passengers as the Karakoram Highway was blocked at Nasirabad, though the protesters have fixed specific hours for the vehicles to pass through the highway.

The Dawn reported citing its sources that the protesters and Gilgit Baltistan government officials are likely to finalise an agreement soon.

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