Tempering With The Name of Attabad Lake?
July 8, 2010 5 Comments
When 20 people of Attabad (in majority Childern, women and elderly) lost their precious lives and the whole villages of Attabad and Sarat devastated due to the disastrous land sliding, it formed a lake on the Hunza River by blocking it. The water stretched upstream of the lake to Gulmit in Thesil Gojal-Hunza. Due to the increasing level of water which is measured more than 350 feet at depth and 32 KM of length has submerged villages of Ayeenabad, a major part of Shishkat and portions of Gulmit and Hussaini.
Due to the loss of 20 precious lives which has ruined lives of many families in the village of Attabad and Sarat in an irreparable way just in a few moments has shocked the whole world, particularly people in Hunza-Nagar, Gilgit-Baltistan, community and humanity world over. Although people have lost their homes, lands, orchards and other belonging established and constructed over generations but the cost of 20 human lives are no comparison to what material cost has been.
The world realized the grief and sorrow of the people of Attabad and families who have suffered heavily due to the affects of sudden demise of the 20 precious lives of loved and dear ones in Attabad. The lake which formed at the cost of the lives of 20 people was named Attabad, and in the foundation of the lake the lives of 5 people who were initially declared missing now for sure have become part of the foundation of the lake as yet they are not traceable, made people to name the lake in memory of 20 people who have lost their lives as ‘Attabad Lake’.
It was stunning to see recently in a local blog the lake was tried to be named as ‘Gojal Lake’. Many people think, why does this blog has attempted to temper with name of Attabad Lake? What is the purpose of this tempering act? While media world over is so much sensitive to the human lives. By tempering the name of the lake, it seems that the said blog has not considered the extent it would be hurting the feelings and emotions of the family members of those 20 people who died due to the Attabad Land Sliding including children, women, elderly and men.