Islamabad: Hunza has not been given any representation in the care-taker government of Gilgit-Baltistan. Successive governments have failed to increase the region’s representation in the elected bodies of Gilgit-Baltistan. No administrative reforms have been introduced to ensure development of Hunza.
These views have been expressed by a group of social and political leaders hailing from different parts of the Hunza Valley during a meeting and press conference here in the federal capital.
The leaders of Hunza have also said that Hunza is being ignored and deliberately kept out of the region’s governance structure despite of the former princely state’s strategic, economic, tourism and defense importance.
The press conference cum meeting was attended among others by Raja Shahbaz Khan, Hoor Shah, Izhar Hunzai, Naiknam Karim, Amjad Ayub, Haider Tai, Naseer and Gari Khan.
They have also said that if Hunza is not given its due shares in the regional legislative bodies, then the people will be forced to come on the streets and protest for their rights in a democratic and civilized manner.
Participants of the meeting have also said that Hunza is known globally as a hub of peace, tranquility, love and harmony, and that these qualities make the valley a place of attraction for tourists. The youth, women and men of Hunza have always held the flag of Pakistan high and have brought laurals for the nation, they said.
The leaders have called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan to take notice of the situation and ensure adequate and effective representation of Hunza in the regional setup.
“The people of Hunza are fully aware of their rights and the efforts of some quarters to keep the region out of the decision making bodies, but we will fail their designs,” said participants of the meeting.