Steps urged to end Ghizer’s problems

Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday, May 10—-May 16 ,2008

By Our Correspondent

    GHIZER: The district of Ghizer is considered the most backward area of Gilgit-Baltistan where no serious steps have been taken for the welfare of the people. From health to education department, there has been no satisfactory development in the district.

   When we look at the overall scene of Gilgit-Baltistan, Ghizer is the only area where human rights violations are also the most rampant and widespread.

   This was stated by Husain Ali Khan, an active worker of the nationalist group, while talking to Bang-e-Sahar here. He said small children aged between seven and twenty are working in workshops, hotels, medical stores and other shops due to poverty. When asked, their parents said due to poverty they were unable to send their kids to schools and they were compelled to work and earn a living for the families.

     It may be noted that a horde of NGOs is seen claiming to work for the protection of children’s rights but they have never taken it as their responsibility to work for the welfare of these children.

   Besides, public and private sectors organizations have also failed to bring about a socio-economic change and protect human rights in the area.

   The area people have called upon human rights organizations to look into the increasing human rights violations in Ghizer and prepare a strategy to end them.



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