In the history of Chitral there have been so many people who have served the land in their capacity as MNAs and MPAs but there has not been a single man who has been so much sincere, dedicated and committed. Before I go to write something about Shahzada Iftikharuddin, I would like to make it clear that nobody should consider me as a political follower of the MNA. Being a Chitrali I am really inspired by the services of MNA and it’s our due role to realize the differences between political representatives and should appreciate those who contribute more to the area.
The activities which deserve real appreciation are:
(1) Work on energy sector, Chitral despite being a beautiful land was suffering from energy crisis very severely. It’s no doubt a hub of tourism but to promote tourism and employment generation availability of electricity is a must. So in order to make functional Golen project MNA played an excellent role.
In this modern age, no one can deny the significance of electricity, it is providing of incalculable values, the electric lamp, the electric fan, the electric heaters, the electric press, and a hundred other electronic appliances have been introduced into daily life and have made life really worth living.
(2) Infrastructural development, again infrastructure development is the backbone and prerequisite of any developing country. It can provide an excellent foundation for the development of realistic and meaningful society where people feel easy to approach any opportunity, it can pave way for investor in tourism industry, energy, mineral, business and trade. There are a number of young energetic entrepreneurs who are required enabling business environment, being no proper infrastructure people are not availing the opportunities like hoteling industry etc.
So Mr Iftikhar has been the only man who has taken this noble initiative to spread the network of road, it is his individual effort that many of the road tender have been done and few are under process. Hope in near future these projects will be functional, it can have a very positive impact on the area, and it will give satisfaction to the tourist who don’t visit Chitral because of the poor infrastructure. In the other hand it can save many precious lives from accident as usually such incident are happening in winter season due to the poor condition of route.
(3) installation of Gas plant, for a couple of years we are observing natural disaster and calamities, i.e. floods, avalanches, land erosion, deforestation etc., already it has uprooted many people from their home and villages still it is going to be extremely grave danger to Chitral. This is quite damaging to the natural environment and exposed local residence to serious disease, without steady hard work it is impossible to approve gas plant for a far flung area like Chitral. The extraordinary services of Iftikahar is unforgettable he take the initiative and did most of the official and technical work related to the plant.Hope very soon we will be benefiting from gas. Chitral being a red zone area is suffering from rapid ecological changes the ratio of forest is decreasing day to day, wild life is the greatest assets of Chitral they are dying every years because of global warming and pollution, in this context Iftikhar being as a son of Chitral fulfill their role as leader.
(4) Telecommunication, till to this day there were no network services in most remote areas of Chitral, particularly with respect to the modern world, everyone will accept the importance of means of communication, we do not hesitate to pronounce Mr Iftikhar a wise and visionary leader who with respect to the modern demand made it possible. Now people of the remote areas feeling easy to communicate with friends and relatives living at a long distance to the family members.
To sum up the main activities of MNA sahib I would like to say that Chitral is very rich in mineral, gemstone, water resources and bio diversity, the area is one of the best tourism destination of the world, it has the potential to generate billion of revenue from its natural resources. For the time being Chitral lacks a developmental road map. There is a need for unity, cooperation and collective working beyond any political affiliation, it is not far that the region can become self-sufficient and will generate revenue if the current political setup work on important matter of public interest.
The services of Mr Iftikhar are remarkable, it’s beyond any doubt that he has set a model for the coming leadership to achieve; his services are really inspiring.