Islamabad, January 14: “The people of Attabad are happy about the relief being provided to them by the government, local communities and the non – governmental organizations”, said the MQM leader Kamil Jan, in a telephonic interview with Pamir Times. Kamil Jan is currently visiting the area.
“On instructions of Quaid-e-Tehreek, Altaf Hussain, I have brought and distributed relief goods, including life saving drugs”, he further said. According to reports relief goods worth 8 million have been donated by MQM and the Sindh Government for rehabilitation of the people displaced by Attabad disaster.
Kamil Jan further said that first priority of government shall be releasing water from the lake formed on Hunza river, because prolonging it would only help deterioration of the existing situation.
He endorsed the idea of opening Sino – Pak border for transport of goods from China. “It is being said that a round trip on one helicopter costs up to 1 million rupees. Now if a chopper airlifts goods to Gojal, say for instance 15 bags of flour, the cost per unit is really high and not feasible”, he analyzed. “A better option is to dump goods at Passu, Gojal, through C – 130 planes”, he suggested.
He called for united efforts to normalize the situation in Hunza valley. “This is not the right time for political point scoring and we all need to work hard to reduce suffering at all levels”, he said.
Kamil also said that higher cost of relief works would have negative impact on the development budget of Hunza valley. “They have given us [Hunza] two seats, but if they try to finance the relief operations from development budget, the entire region would suffer”, he projected.
He demanded immediate action regarding deployment of a government surgeon at the civil hospital, Gulmit. “While the choppers airlift patients during the day, patients are left at the mercy of luck during the night time”, he said. “It is highly important that the chief minister shall immediately fulfill his promise of appointing a general surgeon in the region”, he stressed.
Answering to another question he complained that Pamir Times did not write even a single good thing about him during the election campaign. He, however, appreciated the role of Pamir Times in raising general awareness in the region and stressed on the need for professional approach towards journalism.