Islamabad, January 16: Millions of rupees are being wasted on photo sessions, while the people of Gojal valley await action on releasing water from the lake formed on Hunza River. The helicopter service is serving a selected few and the real affectees are being ignored by the rich and influential. If the lake is not cleared thousands of people will live across the length of Hunza river.
These views were expressed during a press conference in Islamabad addressed by former member of district council, Shehbaz Khan, Numberdar of Gulmit – Gojal, Sultan Ayub, Subedar (r) Farash Khan of Ahmedabad and Kiramat Ullah, Saleem Ullah and others belonging to Ayeen Abad and Shishkat.
They criticized the present government for completely failing in bringing relief to the people of Gojal Valley. “A disaster like situation can be seen in Gojal valley because the region is disconnected from rest of the world. If water from the lake is not released immediately, the entire region would be devastated”, said Shehbaz Khan, while speaking at the press conference held at KPN office.
The speakers also demanded immediate opening of the Khunjrav Pass for transportation of food items and other essentials.
“The performance of present government amounts to zero”, said a speaker. “They are busy in photo sessions, distributing 20 KG bags of flour. It is a joke with the entire region”, he further said.
They also said that many bridges on the KKH would be destroyed by sudden release of water from the dam, if quick action is not taken.
Shehbaz Khan also said that he has used his personal contacts in China to inform them about the ensuing situation.