Preparations for Black Day on January 4 picking up

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Karachi, December 31: The people of Gojal Valley across Pakistan are preparing to observe January 4, 2011 as a Black Day. This day is being observed to to record protest and dissatisfaction over pace of the work related to drainage of the dammed river and delays in rehabilitation of the affected people.

Students and professionals in Karachi are going to protest by organizing a 4-day hunger strike in front of the Karachi Press Club, starting tomorrow, January 1, 2011.

A protest demonstration will also be held in Islamabad, where people from different parts of GB will hold a protest rally from China Chowk (Blue Area) to the National Press Club.

On another front emails are being written to prominent anchors and reporters of news channels to seek the media’s attention towards the issue.

Protest demonstrations are also being organized in Gilgit, Hunza and different parts of Gojal Valley.

Despite of the assurances made by senior officials about increasing pace of the work, there seems to be anger among the communities as they don’t trust the promises. “For one year our valley has been under siege and we still do not have a single doctor for a population of 25,000 people”, said a Karachi based activist. “We do not trust the promises and want to see concrete action”, he further said.

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