HUNZA, April 4: The people affected by the Karakoram Highway expansion project have blamed the local administration and political representatives for nonpayment of compensation for the properties lost to expansion work.
Talking to Dawn, they said that the local administration ordered chopping of hundreds of fruit and forest trees without giving any assurance of paying the compensation.They accused some officials of Gulmit Tehsil of demanding bribe for payment of compensation. They said that some of the victims had paid them bribes only to check their names in the compensation list.
They alleged that district councillor had utilised public funds for establishing their private businesses in Islamabad and Kashmir and ignoring his constituency. Also at Dawn