“Water from lake to come out on 17 April”, says Chairman NDMA, others doubt the statement

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Gilgit, April 1: Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, General Farooq, said that water from the disaster lake formed on River Hunza would spillover on April 17. He was talking to journalists at Gilgit after finishing his tour of Hunza – Gojal. He said that there is no food shortage in Gojal valley and the overwhelming demand of people he met is resolution of educational problems being faced by students of the region. The general, however, did not say what steps the government has taken to resolve the educational problems of the local people. He was accompanied by speaker GBLA, Wazir Baig.

Responding to a question about preparedness in the downstream areas in case of a lake outburst the retired army commander said that he has instructed the local administration to brief the local population in this regard.

Meanwhile Gilgit chapter of the Mutaseerin-e-Gojal Rabita Committee has termed the announcement of general Farooq to be nothing more than an April fool joke. “The distance from surface of lake to the potential spillway point is 120 feet still. We don’t know what strategy the government has in mind for achieving this level of excavation within two weeks”, Ghulam Nasir of the committee told Pamir Times.

In a press release received by Pamir Times the committee has termed the recent visit a purposeless recreational tour taken in the name of listening to the local people. “The so-called leaders can’t face the local people and organize clandestine visits to avoid public wrath”, the press release reads.

The committee has condemned the uninformed visits by former and new elected representatives of Gojal – Hunza.

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