The Assistant to CM Murad Demands the relocation of villagers who are “Under Siege” by Mining Companies

According to a senior official in a letter to the chief minister, Bhave Jo Tar, a village of the Kolhi community in Islamkot taluka, has been under the “siege” of Chinese coal mining companies, who have erected a barbed-wire fence around the area.

In Bhave Jo Tar hamlet, the Kolhi community has 170 households living on seven to eight acres. They are all landless farmers and peasants. Various coal mining corporations currently possess their fields, while Shanghai Plant and Sino Sindh Resources Private Limited own the pasture areas.

In a letter dated June 10, advocate Veerji Kolhi, Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Human Rights, claimed, “The mining corporations have placed a barbed-wire fence around their dwellings, which has disrupted their social life.” He told Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah that he had visited a residents’ protest camp the week before and listened to their concerns.

In a letter dated June 10, advocate Veerji Kolhi, Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Human Rights, claimed, “The mining corporations have placed a barbed-wire fence around their dwellings, which has disrupted their social life.” He told Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah that he had visited a residents’ protest camp the week before and listened to their concerns.

Two important roadways, Islamkot to Thar Coal Road and Nagarparkar Main Road, have covered both sides of the village, while Shanghai Plant and Sino Sindh Private Limited have covered the other two sides. “Mining corporations have erected barbed-wire fences around people’s homes,” he said.

He told the CM that the villagers launched three-month-long protests last year. The relevant assistant commissioner, mukhtiarkar, and mining company representatives came to the village and filled out survey forms.

“The concerned MNA and MPA had also visited the protest camp of affected villagers and assured them of redressing their grievances,” he said, adding that “now the villagers have been protesting in the village for the past 22 days.”

Mr. Kolhi urged that the CM issue directives to the revenue department, moving the affected village to a suitable location in Islamkot taluka to have access to all necessary amenities.

A list of 170 households and their owners was also attached.

The CM is said to have sent the application to a senior member of the Board of Revenue on June 15 for action. The member has written to local revenue officials, requesting that they inspect the site as quickly as possible and provide a report.

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