[Editorial] 16 people died in Attabad Hunza due the negligence of Government


In Attabad Hunza due to mountains sliding 16 people are dead and 26 homes have been vanished. Attabad was vulnerable for mountain sliding for over a decade and the people of the area had many times raised the issue with the government authorities and elected representatives on many times in the past. However, neither the governments establishment/administration  nor elected representative had taken due notice of the highly risky situation of the people and property in the area.

Considering the ignorance of the lives and property of the people of Attabad by successive governments during the dacade, people of Attabad had boycotted the recent elections of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA). But the sacrifice of their voting rights has failed to attract the political representative and government machinery till this major disaster. The elected representative and speaker of the GBLA instead of taking a first step to mitigate the worries and risks of precious lives after winning the elections remained busy in a long honeymoon and extravagant celebration in Hunza and Gilgit.

The recent disaster and death of 16 people including mostly women and innocent children is due to the negligence and criminal silence of the government and elected member of the Hunza and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Even after the death of 16 precious lives and lose of the only source of livelihood of the people the village still now government has failed to provide the necessary assistance to the people of the area. People are condemning Wazir Biag the speaker of GBLA and elected member from Hunza for his traditional inability and lack of interest to help to mitigate the problems and suffering of the thousands of people of Attabad and Sart Hunza.

It is demanded from the government to take all necessary measures to help and support the people of Attabad and Sart Hunza and chalk out a plane for the displaced people immediately. Wazir Baig is advised to do more than imposing emergency in the facility less government hospital of Hunza and provide required human and financial support for the suffering people.


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