HUNZA-NAGAR, March 17: The federal government will soon announce a new constitutional and governance package for the Northern Areas which will give autonomous executive, judiciary and financial powers to the local people.
This was stated by Advocate Syed Jaffar Shah, president Pakistan People’s Party Northern Areas, while addressing a gathering of party officebearers and workers in Karimabad, Hunza.
He said the package was developed after intensive consultations with the political representatives and intelligentsia of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said the package would be announced during the visit of Federal Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira to the region.
He said chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme Farzana Raja would also launch distribution of 50,000 forms in Gilgit-Baltistan soon.
He said Hunza-Nagar would be given the status of district in the new package, adding Hunza was on top priority followed by Shigar to get an additional seat in the coming political setup.
Ghulam Mohammad, member PPP Central Executive Committee, on the occasion said the party should consider the demands of the people of Hunza on a priority basis. He criticised the behavior of police and other officials towards the party workers.
Fida Karim, the president of PPP Hunza chapter, feared difficulties for the party candidates if the additional seat for Hunza was not announced before the coming election.
He said the KKH land compensation policy was still not clear and the local administration was not playing its due role to safeguard the interests of the people. He said local youth should be appointed in the police in order to ensure the secur ity of Chinese engineers and workers working on KKH expansion project. He said the civil supply depot lacked wheat storage and blockade of KKH could lead to famine in the region.
Chairman Union Council Shinaki alleged high level corruption in the construction of Khizerabad bridge. The party leaders from Gojal pointed out lack of interest on part of the contractor and the departments concerned in the construction of the Chipurson road. They demanded immediate approval of PC-4 for the Gulmit hospital which lacked basic health facilities. Also at Dawn