Hunza, August 31: Strong reaction can be seen in public opinion in Hunza valley over the lull maintained by the federal government over increment of the valley’s participation in the Gilgit – Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA). The people of Hunza have been demanding increment of the valley’s representation from one seat to two in the house for the past fifteen years, since creation of the Northern Areas Council, in 1994. Successive governments have put the burning issue of popular demand under the carpet.
According to a news report published by a Sada-e-Gilgit, Nazir Sabir, ex member of the Northern Areas Legislative Council, has threatened that he would boycott upcoming elections if the number of seats is not increased for Hunza valley. However, this could not be confirmed from Nazir Sabir, or his sources.
The popular sentiment is not different from what Mr Sabir has, reportedly, stated. People have been waiting for years and using peaceful means to get an additional seat for Hunza but different forces have hindered such efforts for personal reasons.
Let’s also remind our readers that establishment of Hunza – Nagar district, desptie of being notified, is in doldurm for unknown reasons. The people of Hunza heavily critize Ghazanfar Ali khan, the cheif executive of NALA, for his inability to fulfill these two major demands of his constituency.