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PM House pressuring to sell land to Arabs: Bhootani

QUETTA – Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Muhammad Aslam Bhootani has revealed that Prime Minister House is exerting pressure on Balochistan government to sell land to Arab Sheikhs in his constituency in district Lasbela near coastal highway.

He warned that people of Balochistan would resist if the proposed land was sold to Arab Sheikhs. Addressing a Press conference here at Quetta Press Club, he said that Chief Minister Balochistan had always raised voice for the rights and resources of Balochistan after formation of his government with the support of all coalition partners.

He recalled that previous government had allotted 70,000 acres of land to a Federal institution along coastal highway of Balochistan which was largely opposed by the local people and after hectic efforts of Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani the agreement was cancelled.

Bhootani said that once again thousands of acres of land near coastal highway were being sold to Arab Sheikhs belonging to UAE and Prime Minister House is asking the Balochistan Government for signing the deal.
‘Summary of allotment was prepared over night by Revenue Department and it was dispatched to Chief Minister Balochistan for approval’, Bhootani added.

He said that people had shown their anger protesting over the proposed plan because they were living there since centuries.
‘We would not permit anybody to sell the land of our people’, Speaker added.

Responding to a question, Bhootani said that it was correct that Arab Sheikhs were paying for the cost but Balochistan’s vast area was not for sale.

‘People of Balochistan particularly people of Hub have apprised their reservations to provincial and Federal governments and we hope that Chief Minister who always protected the rights would oppose the moves of Prime Minister House’, he added.

He also demanded of the Prime Minister to review his decision and cancel the proposed plan of selling lands to Arab Sheikhs.

Source: The Nation

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