No border trade till detention of invaders, leaders of Hunza demand
Both parties emphasize importance of brotherhood and peace
Hussaini, August 8: A delegation of Nagar Valley, comprising of GB Finance Minister, Muhammad Ali Akhtar, Chairman of Gilgit Chamber of Commerce, Javed Hussain, Sheikh Mirza Ali, Sheikh Mushtaq and Sheikh Musa Karimi visited Hussaini village of Gojal Valley today. They met leaders of Hunza Valley , including President of the Ismaili Regional Council for Hunza, Dr. Khuwaja Khan, Ex Vice President of Ismaili National Council for Pakistan, Brig (r) Hissamullah Baig, Chairman Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Board, Nazir Ahmed Bulbul and other religious and social leader of Gojal Valley.
The two parties discussed the issue of armed invasion of Hussaini and Borith village at length. Both sides agreed that a regional committee will be formed to resolve such issues in the future.
During the meeting leaders of Nagar Valley offered an apology to the people of Gojal for attack by the armed labourers. They said that the illiterate labourers do not represent the collective aspirations of the people of Nagar Valley. They leaders of Nagar Valley condemned the attackers and said that the actions of these individuals should not be seen as the action of the people of Nagar or an entire sect.
Leaders of Hunza Valley emphasized the need to curb the militant elements who are a huge threat for regional peace. They made it clear that any such provocation in the future will be dealt with full force by the local people.
The leaders of Hunza Valley said that they have abandoned guns for degrees, but that shall not be seen as a weakness. “If we are threatened and the government fails to protect us then we can take all measures to defend ourselves”, a leader told the delegation.
The role of district administration and police was harshly criticized by leaders of Gojal and Hunza. They demanded strict action against the police officials who facilitated and guided the armed labourers during the invasion of Hussaini and Borith.
The leaders of Hunza Valley have also demanded that there will be no border trade till detention of the invaders.
GB Finance Minister, Muhammad Ali Akhatar, while speaking at the occasion said that the losses caused by the invaders will be compensated by the government. He directed the Deputy Commissioner to assess the damages and submit a report for compensation. He also announced funds for construction of a water channel at Borit, while visiting a house that was attacked by the invaders.