Govt will fulfil its pledges with people of Gojal: Kaira

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GILGIT, July 17 (APP): Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, while reiterating his commitment said that promises made with the affected people of Hunza Lake would definitely be fulfilled and a high level meeting on Monday would decide the matter.Talking to reporters here, after attending a ceremony organized by PIA, the minister said that President Asif Ali Zardari has held a meeting in this regard and another meeting would be held on Monday under his chairmanship.

He said that the prime minister of Pakistan, chief minister and chief secretary of G-B would also attend the meeting.

Kaira said that a section of press created panic throughout the country by reporting that the lake was bursting. Now things have reversed and media is saying that the water from this lake is not discharging enough, he added.

The minister also sought recommendations from the people regarding the lake. Technical experts are also requisitioned from the United States, he added.

He said that damage assessment has been completed and sent to Islamabad.

He said that the government would fulfil pledges made with the people and payments for the settlement of affected persons would be made soon.

Kaira said that it was believed the water would be released from the lake within a month, but it did not happen so. Efforts are still being made to release water from Hunza lake and the affected people would be settled as soon as water level recedes, he added.

The minister said that government is fully aware of the problems being faced by the people of Gojal area and assured solution of their problems.

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