Gilgit: Zafar Iqbal, the former Managing Director of Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO) hailing from Passu village of Gojal Valley, Upper Hunza, has announced to contest from LA – 6, Hunza, in the upcoming general elections. He made the announcement today during a press conference held at Serena Hotel, Gilgit.
During the press conference, he was accompanied by former GBLA Speaker Wazir Baig, former MLA Mutabiat Shah, PPP leader Muhammad Musa and Jafar Shah, along with others.
Leader of PMLN Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman was also present at the occasion, along with MLA Deedar Ali, Engineer Ismail, ex-Senior Minister Muhammad Jafar and many others.
It is pertinent to note that before joining NATCO, Zafar was an active political worker and a labor leader in Karachi. He is considered to be close to the Pakistan Peoples Party. However, he has not yet announced if he intends to apply for a PPP ticket in the future. On the other hand, PMLN’s Chief Organizer Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman has said that his party will welcome Zafar Iqbal if he joins them.
PPP’s popularity in the Gojal Valley has slid down significantly during the last five years as a result of registration of cases under Anti-Terrorism Act against dozens of youth from different parts of the region, as well as due to failures in managing the aftermath of the Attabad landslide disaster. At the moment, at least 10 people from Hunza are languishing in jails after being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court to life imprisonment.
The registration of cases, arrests and sentences are popularly believed to be politically motivated.