RICH TRIBUTES PAID TO MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO
SPEAKERS DEMAND SEPARATE NALA SEAT FOR GOJAL
PASSU GOJAL, Feb 7: Hundreds of party workers, supporters and democracy lovers assembled in Passu Valley to pay their tributes to the slain leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, on her Chehlum. Prayers were offered for the departed soul.
DAWN reports, contrary to the information we earlier obtained, that workers and leaders from Giligt and Nagar valley could not reach Passu because of a raod blockade near Chikas and other similar engagements in Gilgit city. However, telephonic messages were sent by senior PPPP leaders Syed Jafer Shah, Muhammad Musa (Gilgit), Syed Mehdi Shah (Skardu), Muhammad Ali Akhtar (Nagar) and Aftab Haider (Gilgit). Wazir Baig, Ghulam Muhammad, Hikmat Nazar, Doulat Amin, Karim Khan, Arab Khan, Abuzar Ali, Hajat Muhammad, Rauf, Pervez, Ghulam Amin, Ghadir Shah, Haider Tai, Syed Ullah, Ali Aman Gojali, Abdullah Bai and Farman Razi were some of the speakers.
Speakers highlighted the sacrifices of Bhutto family for democracy and asserted that Pakistan’s future was democracy and the Bhuttos, along with their party members, had been fighting for the futrue of Pakistan. This, they said, was not acceptable for the enemies of democracy.
Ghazanfar Ali Khan came under fire as speakers related party policies and personlaities to the region’s development. The speakers said that no real development has taken place in the region for the past three decades, mostly because the feudal class has been in power. “They are still in power”, said one, ” and we are still suffering”.
The speakers unanimously resolved to demand a separate seat for Gojal Valley in the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA). They said that despite of being the future energy and trade corridor Gojal had been neglected by successive governments over the past many years. The neglect has hindered Gojal’s march towards development, quoting the recent power crisis, health issues and public sector education failure, they said.
The program had started at around eleven O’ Clock and continued till four in the evening, as a large number of speakers shared their views on BB’s life and the region’s problems. A resolution was passed at the end of the program. Some salient points of the resolution were:
The public gathering approves appointment of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party
Separate seat should be allocated for representatives of Gojal Valley (Tehsil) in the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly
The curren NALA cabinet should be dissolved and new elections held
The appointment of Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan as Cheif Executive of Gilgit – Baltistan was not legitimate because the public had not given him mandate for “Chief Executive”. He had been elected as a simple member of the “Legislative Council”, at that point in time
Transparent investigation shall be launched to dig out realities about reported monetary corruption, worth 60 Crore Pakistani rupees, at the Silk Route Dry Port, Sost