Members of the Save Gojal – Hunza Committee have demanded of the government to increase duration of the excavation work on the artificial lake to 24 hours everyday. The activists have started token hunger strike in front of the Karachi Press Club since February 23. ”The plan is to hold the hunger strike till our demand is met”, Qasim Shah of the Save Gojal – Hunza Committee told Pamir Times. Everyday three protesters will sit in front of the press club to highlight the issue being faced by the people of Gojal valley in particular and Hunza, in general.
“The government is using delaying tactics by working for six hours everyday”, said another activist while talking to Pamir Times on phone. “At this pace the water will take over three months to flow out of the lake”, he said. The protesters also feared that villages up to Passu will be affected in such a scenario.
The protesters have also demanded of the government to increase the target excavation depth at lake barrier to 50 m, at least. Currently the government plans to achieve a depth of only 20 m.