[News] Protest in Gilgit-Baltistan – Zardari cannot Vist GB without Delivering on Skardu Road
October 17, 2012 1 Comment
Shoib Hussain (Islamabad): Across Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan people belonging to Gilgit-Baltistan have taken protest rallies against the cancellation of Juglot-Skardu Road project by the federal government of Pakistan. The existing narrow and highly dangerous road between Skardu-Baltistan and Gilgit is the only source to have access to the rest of the world. It is interesting that Federal Government of Pakistan is ruled by PPP and Gilgit-Baltistan and the Chief Minister belongs to Baltistan. Does Federal government of PPP gives no value to its setup in Gilgit-Baltistan that it has rejected in a worst than slaping on face like manner the Juglot-Skardu road to Baltistan. This was one of the main points of PPP’s mainifesto that helped it to win sweepingly legislative assembly seats in Baltistan and form its government in Gilgit-Baltistan. Today PPP’s own govrment in Federal Government has slaped the on face the chief minister of Gilgit-Baltistan by cancelling Juglot-Skardu road and he could not show up his face to his people.
However, people are appreciating his coming up in the public with open and honesty to let them know the shameful act of federal Govt.
of Pakistan to cancel this important road for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. This disgraceful act of Pakistan’s PPP Govt. has been highly criticized by the PPP’s own ministers, Jiylaas and opposition and general publically loathingly.
Thousands of people took rallies in Skardu Baltistan. They have demanded to expose the element who are against this project and showing their animosity with the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in general and with Baltistan in particular. They stated that Zaradari could visit Gilgit-Baltistan only if he will deliver on this important matter and the work should be immediately start.
The same way hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Press Club Islamabad from Gilgit Baltistan. The demonstration, held under the banner of Action Commettee Gilgit Baltistan and Anjuma-e-Baltistani Rawalpindi against the cancellation of Juglot Skardu Road.
Imran Nadeem, a former member of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and a PPP leader from Skardu, lashed out at group of officials including Federal Minister Communication Arbab Alamgir Khan, Secretary Communication Anwar Khan and Saifullah Chattha, who were opposing reconstruction of the road, linking different parts of Skardu and Ganchey districts with the mainland of the region.
“A media campaign has been launched by a gang of officials against this outstanding project, which is strategically very important for the country,” he said in a press release. Mr Nadeem said that early execution of the project was vital to meet the security requirements of the border and the people of region bordering with different countries. He said that during a visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to China in July 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between National Highways Authority and China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) for funding of the project.”
Addressing the protesters Secretary Anjumane Baltistania Karrar Haidri said that “improvement and widening of Jaglot-Skardu road project was very important for the country as it was the only link for all the valleys of Skardu and Ganchey with the outside world. “Our message today is that we will continue to raise the game with peaceful protest until our voice is heard.” He said.
In Baltistan protesters under various section and organization have stated that they will jointly workout their future plan of protest till the beginning of the work on the road, it includes march towards LOC and India.