Islamabad, June 15: Thousands of volunteers, including men, women and children, rendered highly valuable services for the affected people of Shishkat, Ayeenabad and Gulmit, as the lake water kept wrecking havoc in the picturesque Gojal Valley.
At another front the communities of central and lower Hunza have also been rendering highly valuable services for the displace and stranded people of Attaabad, Sarat, Salmanabad and Gojal Valley.
Shehzad Sher Shaheed, a member of the Ismaili Boy Scouts Group, lost his life while helping commuters at barrier of the lake formed on Hunza River. The people are demanding of the government to nominate Shehzad Sher for a presidential award.
Hundreds of thousands of man-hours spent by the volunteers during the past six months has also been a source of relief for the resource constrained district administration. The volunteers arrange for their own food, in a great show of material and physical sacrifice.
“This is in line with our culture and traditions”, said Nazir Ahmed Bulbul a leading poet and social activist of Gojal Valley while talking to Pamir Times. “The practice has a great symbolic meaning for unity of our society, besides being a source of relief for the distressed people”, he further said.
Public circles have demanded of the government to give Tamgha-e-Aesar to the Hunza Valley for expressing unmatched discipline, unity and compassion despite of being direct and indirect victims of the lake disaster.