Year 2010 brought a mourn with it for the people of Hunza. Cold was on its peak, dawn of the January 4 came up with harsh cold, and the day proved coldest day of the days and cold month of the months, proved very unfortunate for the people of Hunza in their entire history. Nature loving people every body of Attabad, Hunza were busy in their routine life, farmers were tiring in their routine cattle’s affairs, female in household affairs and children with their schools. The day treated as savage as it was cold, as harsh it scrutinized the people of Hunza is unforgettable.
Hunza valley, one of the valuable parts of Pakistan ruined by the murderous land sliding and a natural catastrophe. Although casualties were less but its magnitude was grim for the people of Hunza. The catastrophe took 13 precious lives 6 severely injured and about hundreds Kanals of land and millions of property smashed and more than 30,000 residents of Upper Hunza Gojal is still isolated from the Pakistan. Other than there are almost more than 2500 students suffer due IDPs and blockage of karakrarm high way (KKH) which links Pakistan and china.
The unpredictable future of thousand of students and survival problem of thousands of general masses of upper Hunza Gojal valley, which is really intimidating and disastrous.
Two years later of the disaster, still there is a chaos; it doesn’t seem predictable to think about the long term strategy for rebuilding effected area and rehabilitation of victims. After long period of convulse beneath, victims of Attabad Valley are still plumbing for justice, rights and basic necessities of the life.
Rotten rulers and politicians betrayed the people of Hunza Via fake promises. On 21 may 2010 Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani visited Hunza and ensured assistance in his extensive speech, but his speech gave no more than a betray. Local rural promised victims to compensate but it could not minimize the despair and distress of the sufferers.
Furthermore, the Pakistani forces who have been working over the spillway, they were not well equipped for the vital task setting up a supply chain aid and breach the stored water/dam. This is what they are doing under a sensible division of labors certainly most ordinary general masses seem please to see the government measures.
17 June 2010 local people started widening the spillway, the police stopped them by assuring them as government is a doer.
“All the government promises proved wrong and no more then a political statement. Promises of local and national leaders Governor Gilgit-Baltistan, speaker GB and Chief Minister GB have been encouraging the people and victims but in vain”.Baba Jan said. Further he said “we will continue the struggle and protest unless governments fulfill our demands”.
He added “If government cannot handle the problems of lack widening and victims then they should surrender and we the local people will do by self help”.
The story does not end here, the event led to take two innocent lives more, father and son on August 2011 when the victims protested in Aliabad for their demands, and hundreds of youth including many graduates students of Hunza victimized of police FIRs, the story of injustice reached to its climax and Government custody and jailed many political and social leader including Baba Jan.
Further Delay and disarray will cost many lives and the longer it lasts, the more likely that depression and despair will turn into violence and situation will be worst to bad. I think enough is enough now the need of hour is to provide justice, whosoever is responsible for not clearing the spill way, not compensating the victims should soon bring under the law and accept the demands and free the political prisons and say bye to FWO and deliver the contract to any international origination to avoid further any repulsive event.
Contributor, Ejaz Karim a student of FC College, Lahore. He can be reached at email@example.com