The boats used by protesters for reaching the lake barrier from upstream villages. (Image: Zulfiqar)
“Cases will be registered against agents of the enemies of Pakistan”, Asif Bilal Lodhi
Gilgit, June 18: In what seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to the peaceful and successful agitation of the people of Gojal and Hunza Valley, the home secretary of Gilg – Baltistan, Asif Bilal Lodhi, has threatened the local volunteers with arrests and criminal cases.
“Those widening the spillway are agents of the enemies of Pakistan”, he said in a pres conference held after a meeting yesterday. The press conference was also attended by deputy home secretary, Rasheed Ahmed and other department heads. The home secretary also said that the local volunteers will be arrested and persecuted for taking law the into their hand.
It is pertinent to note that the government had failed to achieve its target of deepening the spillway to 20 meters, as initially promised. The excavation target was later increased to 30 meters, but not achieved.
Observers are of the opinion that the government and administration are trying to cover their inefficiencies and inability to drain the lake by blaming the most loyal citizens of Pakistan of treason.
The term “anti-state” was first used by Wazir Baig, speaker GBLA, to pressurize his political opponents in Hunza. Later a resolution was tabled by technocrat member, Mutabiat Shah, in the assembly seeking action against “anti-state elements”. The resolution could not win support of the assembly and had to be withdrawn but the CM vowed action against the “enemies of Pakistan”, at an appropriate time.
Taking cue from the various statements of elected representatives and political leaders now the bureaucracy also seems to seek solace in tormenting the already distressed citizens of Gilgit – Baltistan by bringing their loyalty to the state in question.
Let’s inform our readers that according to press statements of the speaker GBLA, published a couple of days ago, he had talked about employing indigenous methods for opening of the lake if the government did not act fast.