Words: Muhammad Pannah
The Attabad disaster and its aftermath have changed the socio-economic outlook of Hunza and will definitely have a long-lasting impact on the future political scenario of the valley. The delays in the release of water from the lake and uncertainties in the opening of KKH have created frustration and panic among the local community. The incident has brought the local economy to a standstill. About 90% of the population was making their livelihood out of potato but due to the prevailing uncertainties the people have not cultivated potato this year. The parents will remain unable to finance the education of their children which is the second highest expenditures after household consumptions. The irregular and risky transportation through boats have further increased the miseries of the community in general and the patients, women, elders and children in particular.
In such situation, it is further depressing that the political leaderships, vowing to be with the community during every difficult time, are enjoying the luxuries of life in Islamabad, Karachi, Gilgit and other cities. More than 115 days passed since the disaster but only few of them have visited their home towns. Those who lost the election are far away, not playing the due role of opposition candidates, helping in settlement of the IDPs and developing pressure on the government to speed-up the pace of work on excavation of the debris.
It is here to mention that Mr Kamail Jan and Noor Muhammad, during early days of the incident, have visited their disaster-hit constituency with some relief items but the remaining even not bothered to do so.
This scenario has developed frustration among the youth against the political leadership of Hunza and they have started increasing their issues and voices through their own platforms. It is further depressing for the people that rather than leading the youth towards highlighting the real issues many of our so called leaders also tried to exploit the situation for their own interests.
The self-interest driven leadership has pushed our society towards chaos and frustration. It is now time to analyze the role of every one and play their role in developing real leadership who can lead us in all such crisis.