by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, May 12: Hundreds of people participated in a peaceful protest in Aliabad, sub-divisional headquarter of Hunza, against the widespread destructions in Gojal Tehsil due to inability of the authorities to drain the lake formed on Hunza River according to announced target dates. The protest was addressed by leaders of nationalist parties,
office bearers of Hunza Business Association and Hunza-Nagar Transport Associations. The protestors blocked KKH for four hours and chanted slogans against the role of the Government and the National Disaster Management Authority.
The protesters blamed General (rtd.) Farooq Ahmed Khan, the former Chairman NDMA, for playing ‘a suspicious role during the disaster’. They demanded of the Government to register FIR against NDMA for consciously letting the community and state properties submerge in the lake.
They said the authorities were not serious in earlier release of water from the lake which has now submerged more than 90 houses, thousands of kanals of lands and domesticated plants in Shishkat, Ayeenabad and Gulmit. They said the authorities are responsible for inundation of the 15 kilometer of the strategic Karakoram Highway and the bridges connecting Pakistan and China.
They said the Government has not taken concrete steps to reduce the sufferings of the people after 129 days for the incident. The speakers also said that removal of the bridge between Gilgit and Danyore has resulted in hiked prices of petroleum and essential goods in Hunza-Nagar district. They also blamed the Gilgit police and administration for taking bribes to allow the crossing of the trucks to Hunza-Nagar.