Weekly Bang-e-Sahar Saturday,June 28—-July 4, 2008
By our correspondent
GILGIT: Adviser to the Northern Areas Administration on Border Trade, Planning and Finance Mirza Hussain has hoped that the present democratic government will liberate Gilgit-Baltistan from the “cursed shadows” and “slavery” of the KANA Division.
He said that it is ironic for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan to be left under the “slavery” of KANA Division even in the 21st century. He asked the representatives and leaders of Gilgit-Baltistan to ponder over their condition and realise the yoke of slavery that they are wearing.
Referring to the recent outburst of Jan Muhammad Jamali, deputy speaker of the Senate, Mirza Hussain said those raising the slogans of separation from Pakistan inside the Senate are being rewarded by the government but the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have been left to suffer despite their exemplary love and support for Pakistan.
Talking to media after participating in a pre-budget meeting of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly members, Mirza said: “Show me the field of life where we are not chained in the slavery of KANA Division. The federal government had given us a ‘single entry’ budget and for the same reason the chief secretary got the additional charge of principal accounts officer.”
But, Mirza said, the elected representatives are being humiliated by neglecting them in the budget-making process. He also criticised the KANA Division on misplaced priorities when it comes to spending public funds. He accused the KANA Division officials and local bureaucrats of framing projects that yield money for their own pockets. He asked the elected representatives to intervene and stop the corruption.
However, he said, this would not be possible till the public representatives become part of the budget-making process. He hoped that the chairman of Gilgit-Baltistan would respect the sentiments of the representatives of the region and devise strategies accordingly. He said that excluding the elected representatives from the budget-making process would have disastrous results.
Former deputy chief executive Fida Muhammad Nashad, NALA member Dr Muzaffar Railay and Wazir Wilayat were also present during the press briefing.