Islamabad, March 27: We made a big mistake by giving cheques to families of the deceased people of Attabad on time. The people of Hunza are thankless (ungrateful) because they are not appreciating the role played by the government during Attabad disaster. We have done a lot for Hunza after the disaster.
These views were expressed the other day by chief minister of Gilgit – Baltistan while briefing the recently appointed governor of GB, Dr Shama Khalid, on Attabad landslide disaster.
He also said that political elements are using the disaster for political purposes by arranging protests and sit – ins across the country.
Mehdi Shah has also criticized Ghazanfar Ali Khan for not visiting Hunza in these times of disaster despite of being elected representative of the region for five terms.
A strong reaction can be seen in the Hunza valley in opposition of the statements made by the chief minister. “When the disaster struck he was dancing in Lahore in a cultural show and did not bother to come to Hunza for consoling the disaster hit people on time”, an angry senior citizen of Gojal told Pamir Times.
The chief organizer of PML (N) Hafeez ur Rehman has also condemned the “irresponsible” comments of Mehdi Shah and has termed it to be equivalent to adding salt to injury of the people of Gojal – Hunza.