Piyar Ali Sagi Hunzai
Nothing remained hidden from the eyes after the Attabad village fell into the Hunza River gorge, in upper Hunza region of Gilgit-Baltistan. The people suffered economically, logistically, in terms of education, disruption of health facilities and because of delays in rehabilitation efforts. The devastating humanistic grief cycle is still continued and the primary affectees remain in uncertainty and isolation.
The story of Attabad Lake started with the sliding of downfall of territory into river Hunza, leading to the damming of densely populated villages Ayeanabad, Shishkat and Gulmit. Inhabitants of these villages have since then been thrown into grief, while the rest of villages of Gojal remain isolated, due to damming of the river and destruction of the KKH.
From the very beginning black politics was played on the Attabad Lake, there was drama on road, blasting on spillway, transaction of IDPs relief amount, fee relaxations, and health facilities, many people lost their lives and many faced FIR charges. Recently. the administration of Gilgit Baltistan increased misery by adding value, not to import relief goods from neighboring state China, especially shortage of fuel in the area.
The local media has been reporting the machinations and politics of relief. The GBLA member from this territory not seems effective to deliver his responsibilities, beside him the Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Mr Mehdi Shah, King of Baltistan only, seems not interested to resolve the issues of other region or districts.
The alarming situations prevails entire Gojal, snowfall season is alarming barrier for transportation within the lake. If they are not willingly to import then what are the measures they will take for the inhabitants of Upper Hunza (Gojal)?
Parallel to fuel and food issue, students of Upper Hunza (Gojal) are also suffering due to other issues, like dropping of the temperature and delays in delivery of examination slips to the valley. There are reports that many students were unable to appear in the KIU board exams because their examination slips could not be delivered to them on time. Examination center was in Aliabad, which is now farther than it once was.
The government and the relevant organizations need to take up the issue of fuel and food and establishment of examination centers in the valley very seriously, to ensure support for the disaster hit population.