The brutal killings of Sherullah Baig and his son by men in uniform at Aliabad Hunza few days ago shocked the Hunzukuz worldwide. The bullets were fired on those who have already been suffering since the day the land sliding in Atta abad occurred. These two innocent souls among others were living in temporary shelters and tents feeding themselves and their families, the food provided by NGOs and the Government of China.
The GB and Islamabad government failed to fulfill the promises they made earlier and were unable to accommodate them with a decent living. The lack of coordination between the representatives of the government and the IDPs created confusions among the IDPs that forced them to come out from their temporary shelters and tents and speak about their legal and moral right and demand for their promised rights. If the local Govt had fulfilled its promises well in time then this bloodshed could never happened but unfortunately the misjudgment and unawareness of law by the law enforcing agency resulted chaos and hatred in the whole region. I hope the culprits will be brought to justice in due course as promised by the speaker GB assembly and ministers while addressing the funeral gathering in Hunza and the victims of police terrorism will be compensated as well as the other IDPs will be paid the compensations announced earlier by the government.
In a broader context being 95% literate Hunzukuz we should not believe in conspiracy theories engineered by some individuals or groups claiming that the local or foreign agencies are involved in this sad incident. In my opinion it happened suddenly by the blunder of the local policemen, who failed to realize the consequences and ordered at the spot to open fire without any prior planning or orders to fire on the public gathering. Linking this incident to national or international agencies may backfire on the interests and integrity of the area and its peace loving reputation. We should not send wrong signals to our beloved friends in the East across the border that Hunzukuz can easily be trapped by agencies or foreign agents which may severely damage the trust and faith that has been built in centuries between China and Hunza.
China has high stakes in the region linked to upcoming mega projects in the shape of railway track and pipeline from which we the locals can benefit and improve our standards of livings. But if we spread the rumors of foreign involvement specially west in local matters then definitely one day they may involve forcefully and convert the paradise into tora bora as they did in other regions of the globe. We should not dominate our emotions on our wisdom. No doubt the emotions and anger forced the youth to damage and burn public property like DC, AC and Magistrate offices in Ali abad and Gulmit and rest house in Karimabad which were built on public money and will be built again on local funds which would otherwise be utilized on the construction of schools, colleges and hospitals in the area. According to local News report the Ali abad police station will be built again at a cost of some Rs 6.5 million and I guess total damage would cost at least 50 million which would be paid from the Hunza –Nagar district funds. By burning these administrative building we made the grounds clear and the case strong to move the headquarters to Nagar.
The youth should gather their energy in building visionary leadership and learn lessons from such terrible incidents where they can play better role and be role models for other areas. We the youth of Hunza are severely disperced and only get together when such incidents happen while we should be united under one umbrella either on political or social grounds.
Our youth and elders demonstrated peacefully in front of parliament house in Islamabad with placards and banners and recorded their anger and demanded for swift justice. Our youth in Karachi protested against the brutal killings and demanded for justice without damage and destruction to any public property which is the democratic way of expression and we should adopt the same in future.
We should follow the preaching of our Imam who advised us to be loyal to the country and the government of the time. We may have different ideologies and affiliations to different parties other than the party in government but that does not mean to damage the country for the sake of opposition.