Residents of Singur village demands implementation of court
order against grazing of goats
CHITRAL: The residents of Singur village have demanded of
the government to implement the court orders banning the grazing of
goats in the pasture of the village which has caused widespread
flood in the recent past including the current year.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Ashraf Ali, Azam
Shah, Qazi Inayatullah, Ghaffar Ali and others said that a small
fraction of the villagers is adamant on keeping goats and grazed
them in the common pasture while the majority has abandoned the
practice keeping in view its negative affects on the village and to
contain the flash floods.
They said that the court of law has also handed down its verdict
against the grazing of goats in the pasture while the district
administration had also imposed ban on it under CrPC 145 but
allegedly with the tacit support of district nazim and an officer
of the administration, they are continuing grazing the goats.
They said that the practice is jeopardizing the whole village where
there important and sensitive government buildings including
doctors colony of health department, government girls high school,
offices of Pak Met department, colony of Civil Aviation Authority
and Chitral Airport are situated.
They said that the issue of grazing of goats has also posed a grave
threat to peace as the two groups are always at quarrel with each
other and remained entrenched against each other in the pasture
rendering the atmosphere highly tense in the village.
The villagers opposing the goats, added that the pasture flanked
the Chitral Gol National Park and the grazing of goats in the
buffer zone endangered the kashmir markhor population in the park
and there is always a threat of transmission of diseases of goats
to them and it will prove disastrous if happened.