Funeral ceremony of 3 family members of Hayat Khan
Hunza, May 29: Twelve people including three children and five women were killed when an overcrowded jeep plummeted off the narrow mountain downhill 75 to 100 feet in Attabad village, about 25 km north of Aliabad, Hunza. About 6 people, hanging outside the jeep, jumped and saved their lives.
According to sources, three members of two families, each, and two members of two other families, each, lost their lives in the accident. Almost all of the people were close relatives. The names of the deceased persons are Hayat Khan, Khushan, Husnain Ali Ghulam, Bibi Khurshid, daughter of Bibi Khurshid, Bibi Shahri, Bibi Fiat, Ali Madad, Mehboob Ali, Salika and Wajahat (driver). Hadi Hussain (member union council), Shahbaz, Ajaz Karim, Nizam uddin, Piyar Ali and Walayat saved their lives by jumping off the jeep.
The accident is said to have occurred due to brake failure. The accident took place around 8 am when the jeep, full of local passengers, left for Aliabad, Hunza. The small mountain village is located at around 8500 feet above the sea level, with a population of seven hundred people. The village is prone to natural disaster due to large cracks in the mountains above it and, also, in the land, an extension of the mountain, making the village . The village is located at a distance of about 5 km above the KKH and can be accessed only through high power four wheel vehicles.
Hundreds of volunteers, scouts and FOCUS activists from the surrounding villages participated in the rescue efforts. Ikrammulah Baig, Chairman Aga Khan Social Welfare Board, Hunza, Fida Karim, Chairman, Aga Khan Economic Planning Board, Shama Lal, President Ismaili Local Council Hunza and members of Ismaili Regional Council Hunza were present to monitor the post accident situations. AKSWB has also made relevant arrangemnts for burial of the dead bodies. Due to lack of telephone facilities and being away from KKH, people faced problems to reach the village. Later on, Qamar, District Commissioner Gilgit, Khawaja Khan, President Ismaili Regional Council Hunza, Ghulam Ali, Secretary Ismaili Regional Council Hunza and other Jamati leadership visited the deceased families.
The villagers told Pamir Times that they have contacted the political representatives many a times for the widening and proper maintenance of the road but despite of repeated reminders they did not pay any heat and consequently this un-fateful accident occurred which claimed twelve precious lives.