But intriguingly, the people of Ghizer district are suffering lots of problems due to the law and order situation in the region and government’s decision to block the mobile service. Ghizer has always remain a peaceful district of Gilgit-Baltistan but comparatively backward too. The district’s name came to the world limelight soon after Kargil war when Pakistan announced Nishan-e-Haider for one of its the many soldiers from Ghizer who fought bravely and laid their lives for the defence of the country. But now when scores of army personnel belonging to this very district are buried under the avalanche at Gayari sector of Siachen, their loved ones in back home remain in the dark about their well-being. The residents of the area complained that the people of the district were being punished for a crime which they never committed.
The area is completely cut-off from rest of the country and the relatives of the missing army men are in the dark about the fate of their loved ones. The suspension of the mobile service has added to their agonies in this hour of tragedy. Besides, due to the curfew and blockade of roads in Gilgit and Chilas, supplies of essential items are not reaching Ghizer and the local markets have already run out of commodities. It seems that there is no difference between the criminals who are killing people in the name of religion and those who always promoted brotherhood and harmony. When it comes to sufferings, there is no distinction between the law abiding citizens and the law breakers, said the residents.
They demanded that the government should restore mobile service in the area and provide timely information about their loved ones buried under the avalanche and also supply essential food items to the area on an emergency basis.