Gilgit, October 20: The GB government had decided in principle to give one additional seat each to Hunza and Ghizer district, according to official sources.
According to sources, allocation of the new seats might be announced during President Zardari’s proposed visit of the region on the independence day, i.e. 1st November. The people in these two district have been demanding additional representation in the assembly based on population.
Efforts were also being made by political quarters in Hunza and Ghizer to get the additional seats. The demarcation of new constituencies, however, might prove to be contentious because different segments of the population in both areas have different priorities. In Hunza, the people of Tehsil Gojal have been demanding an additional seat for the region. However, there are forces opposing the allocation of additional seat to Gojal Valley for various reasons, including the Tehsil’s total population, which is around 30,000 according to official figures. Some quarters have suggested annexation of some parts of the Central Hunza into Gojal Valley, for demarcation of a constituency. The issues might come to surface again in the coming days and weeks.
Similarly, a controversy had emerged in Ghizer after the news of annexation of some villages of Punial Tehsil into Ishkoman Tehsil emerged. The people of Punial have opposed the idea and some parties have threatened to protest if the current demarcation is altered.
After allocation of the additional seats, the total number of seats in Ghizer District would increase to four. The number of seats for Hunza Valley will increase to two. It is pertinent to note that Hunza-Nagar, the district, already has three seats in the GBLA.