[NEWS] Protest rally in Hunza, for an Additional Seat in LAGB

September 9, 2009

In Hunza a massive rally held to protest against the discriminatory attitude towards Hunza by the successive governments in Islamabad. The main focus of demands was an additional seat for Hunza, proportionately to the other regions of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, banners were asking some other burning issues as well, such as, “why additional District Status of Hunza from 1974-1978 had been abolished????”  Another banner is reading “Honesty and Decency are our traditions and way of life, oppression and alienation is your constitution, tell us tyrant forces how long your oppressive constitution will survive????”



The rally was organized at Ali Abad, Hunza, the administrative headquarter, in which people from all regions of Hunza, Gojal, Kunjut, Shinaki have participated overwhelmingly. The rally was organized by Hunza Action Committee (HAC), participated by PPP, PML (Q), PML (N), Hunza Progressive Forum (HPF), Religious Scholars, Social Activists, Intellectuals, and masses in general.

This rally marked a first ever massive mobilization of people from across Hunza and it indicates a thrusting political momentum on the face of devastatingly pushing to the wall like situation by the political zealots of Islamabad. The rally has been timed ahead of the expected visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousf Raza Gilani on September 12 to Gilgit-Baltistan, where he is expected to announce a separate district for Hunza-Nagar. However, people of Hunza protested that without an additional seat in Legislative Assembly of Gilgit-Baltistan (LAGB) establishing the District of Hunza-Nagar would be a vain exercise.

Prominent speakers where, Advocate Ahsan, Noor Muhammad, Mirbaz Khan, Ghulam Muhammad, Afsar Jan, Ali Quran, and Atiqa. It is decided the protest will remain candled till the approval and notification of the additional seat for Hunza before the November 12, 2009 elections of LAGB. source


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