Political leadership nowhere to be seen
Gilgit, January 10: The Karakoram International University has taken an anti – education decision by asking 21 girl students belonging to Gojal Valley to vacate its hostels.
The girl students belonging to the declared and notified calamity hit area have been asked to submit their due fees by Monday, or leave the hostels.
The failure of GB government to fulfil its promise of allocating funds for the students has led to a crisis, seriously jeopardizing future of the female students.
“The GB government has sold thousands of litres of petrol and diesel sent as relief by China”, students of KIU, who did not want to be named out of fear, told Pamir Times. “The revenue generated should have been used to pay our fees and dues because our parents do not have the means to help us”, they said.
The students were highly critical of the political leadership and said that despite of there being two members from Hunza in the GBLA basic issues of the calamity hit people remain unresolved.
“This is a conspiracy against the people of Gojal”, one student alleged. “Our people are living without any health facilities in the calamity hit region and now they want to deprive us of education”, she lamented.
The students said that they would go a hunger strike if the KIU administration and GB government did not do justice. “The Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary, should take suo-moto notice of these cruel actions and provide us justice”, the students unanimously said.
Acting Governor, Wazir Baig, has been saying that the government has distributed 10 million rupees in the calamity hit region to cater to the educational needs of the students. The GB government also says that their coffers are empty and all money has been used to help the flood affected people.
It is pertinent here to note that during his visit of Karimabad, Hunza, premier Gillani had announced that all educational expenses of the students belonging to the Gojal Valley would be born by the government.
However, despite of a lapse of seven months since the announcement was made, majority of the students have not received any aid from the government.
Public circles have appealed to the federal government to intervene and save future of the female students. “Already there is a dearth of educated women in Gilgit – Baltistan”, Alam, a civil society activist said. “The government should fulfil its promises and provide due support to the students”, he further said.