[News] Rally in Support of Additional Seat for Hunza
September 27, 2009 3 Comments
GB Times report:
Photo: courtesy PT
A huge rally was organized by the All Hunza Action Committee (AHAC) Sidh Zone in Karachi supporting the initiatives and demand for an additional seat for Hunza in the upcomming elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembally (GBLA) November 2009.
The rally started from Lasbella Chowk and culminated at Karachi Press Club peacefully after the following leaders had addressed to gathering, Vice president of AHAC – Sindh, Mansoor Khan, Advocate Noor Khan, Fida Ullah Baig, President NASHAK, Faqeer Hussain Chandio (KSO), Noor Muhammad, Chief Editor of Pamir Times, Tasawur – ul – Karim Baig, media advisor of AHAC, Farhat Kawish (KSO), Iqbal Barcha, secretary general of AHAC, Comrad Amir Udin (KSO), Shah Alam, Mohd Karim, Sher Karim and Safdar Khan, member of AHAC, who effectively presented the demand for an additional seat for Hunza in GBLA.
Notably a great number of people belonging to other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, Ghizer, Nager, Diamer, Tangir, and Baltistan participated in the rally to support the legitimate demand of the people of Hunza.
On this occasion AHAC, Sindh Zone has issued the following press release:
All Hunza Action Committee (AHAC), Sindh Chapter
Demand from Govt. of Pakistan: Additional seat for Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly
Hunza a world famous tourist destination is highly important strategically from economic and military point of view for Pakistan as the sole dry land link with China through KKH, but politically disgruntled with the government of the time in Islamabad. The main reason for this is proportionately lower representation of Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) as compare to the other regions. Hunza with more than 60,000 populations has only one seat, while discriminatorily other areas of Gilgit-Baltistan with a population of 12000 have also been given one seat. This situation leads to an unequal distribution of development funds because the development funds are distributed on the basis of seats in GBLA and Hunza remains disadvantaged proportionately. On the bases of the benchmark of 12000 populations for one seat in GBLA Hunza should get 5 seats.
However, for a long time since 1996 Hunza is demanding just one more seat not five seats in addition to the existing one seat in GBLA , but all successive government in Islamabad at one or other pretext kept on delaying this rightful and long deserved demand of the people of Hunza. This time since the PPP came to power as a democratic government, the leadership of PPP on various occasions in public gatherings have assured people of Hunza regarding provision of the additional seat. The recent reforms package for Gilgit-Baltistan was expected to include this demand of the people of Hunza but it was void of it. In consideration of this situation All Hunza Action Committee (AHAC) a representative body of all political parties and social organizations of Hunza, have unanimously announced to boycott the upcoming elections of GBLA to be held in November 12, 2009 as a protest until the additional seat is not being allocated. AHAC has also informed the government of civil disobedience in Hunza, if it’s long held legitimate demand for two seats is not been fulfilled and the discriminatory approach is not been ended.
Hunza, remained highly important politically in all times and considering its unavoidable strategic significance Prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto has given the status of additional district to Hunza at the time of affiliation of Gilgit-Baltistan in 1974 with Pakistan, reciprocally Hunza has given up its status of an independent princely state. Hunza, remained an additional district until it was abrogated by the dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in 1978, since than an alarming sense of deprivation exists among the people of Hunza towards Islamabad. AHAC has announced that if this sought of political oppression and alienation continued, Hunza could end its agreement of affiliation with Islamabad and revert back to the position of its independent stat.
In continuation of the efforts regarding the demand for legitimate and long deserving additional seat for Hunza, the Sindh Chapter of All Hunza Action Committee (AHAC) today raises the demand of additional seat for Hunza, in the coming elections. It is hoped that the democratically elected Govt. in Islamabad would empathetically consider the matter and soon would announce the additional seat for Hunza and would not disappoint thousands of loyal Pakistanis of Hunza who are living and defending Pakistan in an area that is strategically vital and important for Pakistan.