PT Report (Photographs by Zulfiqar Ali Khan)
Aliabad, September 9: Over two thousand people from all parts of Hunza participated in a mamoth public rally called by All Hunza Action Committee. The rally was organized to demand additional seat for Hunza valley in the Gilgit – Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
Holding banners and placards, chanting slogans, the participants blasted successive governments for ignoring longstanding demands of the people of Hunza Valley for proportionate representation. Speakers said that such protests and rallies would be held continuously till the the demand for additional seat is accepted and notified.
A large number of leaders and activists addressed the rally, highlighting various issues faced by people of the region due to lack of appropriate representation in the elected assembly. Prominent among the speakers were Mir Baz Khan, Advocate Ahsan Ali (Pakistan Labor Party), Ghulam Muhammad (PPP), Aman Ullah Khan ( Bolor Thinkers Forum), Noor Mohammad, Baba Jan (PYF), Eman Shah (PML – Q), Fida Karim, Haider Tai (PML – N), Ali Qurban, Alam Jan, Attiqa Ghazanfar and others.
It was after a long time that people from all segments of the society, representing a spectrum of thoughts and aspirations saised a strong and unanimous voice for Hunza.
The prime minister of Pakistan is visiting Gilgit – Baltistan on 12th September, and it is being expected that formation of the Hunza – Nagar district will also be announced during this visit. There is a general feeling in Hunza that formation of the new district without increasing representation in the legislative assembly would be a futile and frustrating exercces, which could heat up public opinion in the region.
Coming out of an unusually high number of people for a political cause in Hunza valley is being seen as a sign of flaring public sentiments. People from Gojal (Upper Hunza), Kanjut (Central Hunza) and Shinaki (Lower Hunza) participated in the rally to express solidarity and unanimity for the cause.