Shishkat, December 6: The distribution process of relief items among the people of Gojal Valley has almost completed. The relief items have been provided by the government of China, to support the families affected by closure of the Karakuram Highway (KKH) since January 2010.
The relief items were distributed by committees of the local people, with the help of government officials and Jawans of the Pakistan Army.
The entire population of Gojal, almost 25,000 people, had been divided into three categories for the purpose of relief distribution. The first category comprised of people who had lost their homes and land and are living as IDPs. These people got food items, like flour, cooking oil, rice, sugar etc. for a period of one year.
The second category of affected people comprised of those who had lost their land. They got relief items for a period of 8 months.
The rest of Gojal’s population was put in the third category, because the entire region has suffered due to prolonged disconnection from markets. They received food items for a period of 6 months.
Apart from some minor complaints, the distribution process was relatively smooth this year.
The people of Gojal have thanked the Chinese government for the generous support during their hours of difficulty.