Gilgit, May 16: MLA Mutabiat Shah has said that the people of Gojal Valley have been forced to come on the streets because their issues remain unresolved. He has said this while talking to Shehzad Hussain of Daily K2, Gilgit – Baltistan’s largest Urdu language daily.
The people have recorded their protest and now they should allow boat movement in the lake, MLA Shah has appealed to the people of Gojal Valley, while defending their right to protest in ‘a democratic government’.
The Technocrat member, himself a resident of Gojal (upper Hunza) has said that if the 600,000 rupees were not paid to the affectees immediately, they will be forced to spend another year in tents and temporary shelters. “After two to three months the climate in the region does not allow construction with the help of concrete”, Shah has reportedly told Daily K2.
It is pertinent to note that the protesters’ call for strike has drawn heavy support from across Hunza, with businesses in Aliabad, Karimabad and Sost shutting down, and traffic coming to a halt.
According to some reports officials of the GBDMA have held meetings with the protesters in Shishkat and Gulmit, asking them to finish the strike. However, the lake affectees have refused saying that the strike will continue till complete fulfilment of their demands.