Hunza, November 3: The PPP leaders and Jiyalas gave cold-shoulder to Syed Pir Karam Ali Shah, governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, during his visit of the region today. The party workers did not show up in significant numbers at the centennial celebrations of Government Boys Model School Karimabad, where the governor had arrived as chief guest. He was also not received by the party workers on his arrival in the valley.
The popularity of Pakistan Peoples Party has been nose-diving in the Hunza valley. People are not happy because of injustice with families of the two IDPs who were ruthlessly killed by police on 11 August 2011, while the Chief Minister was visiting the region. The random arrests of innocent people, torturing of hundreds in prisons, detentions and taunts of “thanklessness” by senior party leaders, including the party’s spokesman in Gilgit-Baltistan, Rana Nazeem, have crippled the party’s position in the region.
The sense of deprivation is also increasing because the people’s demand of increased representation in the GBLA has fallen on deaf ears, despite of umpteen promises and assurances given by senior party leaders, including former premier, Yusuf Raza Giliani and former interim Gilgit-Baltistan governor, Qamar Zaman Kaira.
The demand for administrative reforms in the region, by upgrading Gojal Tehsil to the level of sub-division has also not received any attention from the rulers. Lack of medical facilities, shortage of water, power failures and a general sense of economic deterioration are also prevalent in the entire valley.
The people of Hunza Valley were expecting some announcements regarding administrative and electoral reforms during the recent visit of Raja Pervez Ashraf, but their expectations were ruined.
The Jiyalas and the people of Hunza are also upset because the governor did not visit the region after the Attabad landslide disaster.
The message given by the Jiyalas to GB Governor might be indicative of the fact that PPP has lost a lot of ground in the valley despite of being at the helm of power, for more than three years.