Hunza riots: G-B chief minister and speaker at daggers end

Last week’s violence has widened the rift between Mehdi Shah and Wazir Baig.

Shahbbir Mir August 24, 2011

GILGIT: The killing of a man and his son and the ensuing incidents in Hunza last week widened the rift between Gilgit-Baltistan’s chief minister and assembly speaker, weakening the position of both leaders in the region, sources said on Tuesday.

“The incident at the first instance was a shock for speaker Wazir Baig, who himself belongs to Hunza,” a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said, while requesting anonymity. He added that the series of arrests that came in wake of the riots shattered the trust of the speaker who now holds CM Mehdi Shah and his government responsible.

Baig faced relentless criticism from the people of Gojal who had been stranded in the valley due to the formation of the Attabad Lake and the submergence of Karakoram Highway.

The PPP source said that the problems faced by the people, together with the delay in compensation caused huge embarrassment for the speaker being a native of Hunza.

Although he tried his best to come up to people’s expectations, he failed to resolve any issue.

“In addition to these issues, the killings and riots added fuel to fire and Baig burst out at the bureaucracy for hatching conspiracies against his government,” the source added.

The chief minister, in turn, decided to ‘cut Baig to size’ after learning about his ‘unwarranted’ comments, according to the source.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th,  2011.


khan | 12 years ago | Reply

this current government is totally failed regarding to solve the problems of lake affectees in Upper Hunza (Gojal). whereas the recent killing of the man and his son who were the victim of the lake is a well evidence of their miss management and failure. Now certainly there is a huge pressure on Wazir Baig who belongs to Hunza and he is the speaker of the assembly. it seems the CM Mehdi shah and some of his cabinet members have some bad intentions for the peaceful region of Hunza. on the other hand the law and enforcement agencies are creating law and order situation to destabilize the very peace region of Hunza the reason could be to deploy the recently established GB Scout in the region to show them that they are bing utilized or some other reasons. Frankly speaking Hunza could be very peaceful and crime free in the absence of police and other law and enforcement agencies. these agencies are creating hurdles for the innocent and peaceful people in Hunza.

Najam Farman | 12 years ago | Reply

wonderful analysis. The same is happening with PPP in this part of the world but without being noticed

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