RESHUN: People of Upper Chitral on Saturday held a protest and forced Chief Minister Mahmood Khan to cut short his visit to the flood-hit Reshun village.
As the chief minister reached the venue of a function to hand over cheques for Rs100,000 each to just 15 flood-displaced people, the protesters gathered at Ramdasi Chowk and chanted slogans against the government.
Speaking on the occasion, Prince Sultanul Mulk, Amirullah, Abdul Wali Khan Advocate and others said even 12 days after the devastating floods the government has failed to provide any relief items to the affected people.
People had to start construction of their homes as well as the blocked roads on self-help basis due to the callous attitude of the government.
They said Chitral was being discriminated against and the government was not sincere to resolve issues of the locals.
They regretted that the chief minister came to the area with full protocol just to hand over Rs100,000 checques to 15 people.
Because of the security and protocol, people affected by the floods and travellers were made hostage for over seven hours, said the speakers, adding police on security duty also misbehaved with the locals.
The protesters recalled that soon after the 2015 floods the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif had twice visited Chitral and provided compensation, relief items besides mobilizing machinery to rebuild damaged infrastructures.
But now there seems no government at all and false promises are being made with the masses who are hit by the natural disaster once again.
“We want the Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam, not of Imran Khan,” they added.–Muhkam Uddin Ayuni