Gulmit, May 11: General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff, visited Hunza valley today to observe the devastation caused by the January 4th landslide and also see the excavation work carried out by FWO for draining the lake formed on Hunza River. The Army Chief also met affected people in Gulmit Gojal and assured them full support of Pakistan Army in the times ahead. He also said that all excavation work has been carried by the Army and it has not received even a single penny from the government, so far.
He also advised the people to keep their expectations regarding loss compensation very low.
Earlier he was briefed by FWO personnel at the lake barrier about the work carried out so far. General Ashfaq praised the work carried out by FWO and instructed them to further expedite the pace of work and make all out efforts to stop erosion of the spillway.
It is pertinent to note here that one scenario for lake outburst can be fast erosion of the spillway, after overtopping takes place.
Tight security measurements had been put in place for the General’s visit.
ISPR: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani today visited the site of landslide that blocked Hunza River near Attaabad. He was briefed about the progress of work on spillways, being undertaken by Frontier Works Organization. COAS appreciated the efforts being made by Frontier Works Organization for safe restoration of Hunza River. He also interacted with the people of affected area. Earlier on arrival in the area, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Shahid Niaz, Engineer-in-Chief and Lieutenant General Tahir Mehmood, Corps Commander Rawalpindi.