Young protesters carrying placards demonstrating in front of the Lahore Press Club. [Photo by Khurshid Jan]
Lahore, February 28: Over two hundred Lahore based students and professionals belonging to different parts of Gilgit – Baltistan staged a protest demonstration in front of the Lahore press club today against the failure of GB and federal government to offer quick solution to the various issues faced by calamity hit Gojal – Hunza.
The protesters carried banners and placards and chanted slogans against the government. They also burnt an effigy of the speaker of GBLA, Wazir Baig, for not being able to fulfill expectations of his voters.
The protesters also chanted slogans against the home secretary for ordering police action against peaceful demonstrators in Gilgit city. They demanded removal of the home secretary for not acting sensitively towards the distressed people of Gojal valley. The protesters also demanded an apology from the chief secretary for the police action against innocent and peaceful protesters.
Major demands of the protesters included declaration of Gojal valley as calamity hit and extension of relief operations to the region, increasing pace of work for releasing water from the disaster triggered lake buildup, complete and honorable rehabilitation of the IDPs of Attabad and Ayeenabd, seeking international help for opening the lake, and payment of compensations to the people affected by KKH expansion for supporting the disaster hit economy of Gojal valley.
A slogan written on a placard asked the chief justice to take suo-moto notice of the situation being faced by Gojal valley.
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