<![CDATA[CHITRAL: Chitral Scouts while rejecting the claims of shopkeepers on military land in the garrison town of Drosh on Tuesday issued the following statement. It said the said land belonged to the military and has never been given to anyone on lease as claimed by the shopkeepers. Now the land is being vacated because the Chitral Scouts needs it. It said in the 1980s, Chitral Scouts allowed the local poor and jobless people to use the land reserved for its check posts and other defence purposes so that they can earn a living for their families by setting up shops etc on it. The Chitral Scouts used to receive rent as nominal as up to Rs10 from these local people. The statement said with the passage of time people settling in the area from outside have been trying to incite the locals against the Chitral Scouts and dreaming of occupying the military land. It added that the people who took benefit from the land given to them by the paramilitary force out of sympathy were now holding protest gatherings at the behest of some elements and trying to tarnish the image of Chitral Scouts. The statement also said legal action was being initiated against such elements.--Bashir Hussain Azad ]]>
One Reply to “Military land never given on lease: Chitral Scouts”
No one had been expecting such a statement from a disciplined organization like Chitral Scouts. How is it possible that people had been using huge military land without any agreement. And if this was the case why not CS took legal action against the occupiers. Lot of questions rise here and would obviously needs factual response from CS. It is wondering that “Check Posts” were given to local people in late 80s but everyone in this backward part of Pakistan would recall that the people of Chitral were not familiar with any kind of security measures including checkposts until 2007-08.
Most of the houses were given on Lease in 1960s not in 1980s. It is also known that CS and the leases faced each other in court of law between 1989 to 1993 and out of court negotiations took place on the request of CS. Again there was legal fight in 2010-11 and still some people are in courts.
It is also learned that the land in Drosh did not belonged to CS rather it is property of Military Estate. So it is better to give substantial statement.