[Editorial] General (Ret.) Farooq the head of NDMA is a lair and Enemy of Gilgit-Baltistan
May 12, 2010 2 Comments
The above comments came from various circles of Gilgit-Baltistan and people of affected areas of Attabad Disaster, in Hunza in repose to General (Ret.) Farooq’s misleading statements on various occasions during his media presentation about the affects of Attabad Disaster. The General (Ret.) Farooq since the beginning of the Disaster has downplayed its negative and catastrophic impacts on the people who have lost their everything, homes, lands, sources of Income, schools, medical facilities, food and shelter, whereas its most disastrous affects are still have to come up when the lake water will start to overflow the lake barrier and there will be floods. The experts have predicted that thousands of homes and hundreds of acres of lands would be eroded by the flood in addition all the bridges on the KKH would most probably washed away, it will left people of Gilgit-Baltistan cut-off from the rest of the world for years.
Rahim Khan said “I as an illiterate person can understand this situation, how come General (ret.) Farooq who has all the information and a very learned man can be so fool that he cannot understand this upcoming disastrous situation. I think he is deliberately posing a good picture and all-well scenario which I think is a white lie and enmity with us who are suffering and our families under huge stress due to uncertainty regarding our future.”
Imad Ashraf, who worked in the Kashmir Disaster with and INGOs states that “I think General (Ret.) Farooq is looking to fill his pockets the way he did out of the funds of Kashmir Disaster. I know he is not foolish rather very clever, that is why for his own personal benefits he is not projecting currently the suffering of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, which is brutality with our nation and the people who are currently suffering.”
Considering the truth of suffering of the people and lake of government’s initiative it is highly difficult to understand the General (Ret.) Farooq’s statements to media regarding the Attabad Disaster and its post effects. It has also been reported that through various means General (ret.) Farooq and the former Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, Qamar Zaman Kaira have used coercive language and force to stop free and fair reporting of the situation on the disaster.
However, the efforts and interest of General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan is being highly appreciated, as he visited Hunza although the elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Yousf Raza Gilani, neither President Zaradar the Co-Chairman of PPP did not visit the area. Beside that General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani has been praised for his interaction with the community members and telling the truth on front regarding the compensation and also the investment of more than 80 million of rupees by Pak Army to build the spill way whereas the democratic government has not even contributed a penny to it.
People think that General (Ret.) Farooq is talking the language of Mr. Zardari rather than that of the Pak Army.