Overflow around 4800 cusecs, equals to inflow cumulatively, swelling of lake stopped in Upstream areas; around 180 houses , four community homes, 2 D.J. High School, three community led primary schools, one maternity home, a dispensary, vocational school, 20,000 canal cultivated land and 250,000 trees submerged in Ayeenabad and Shishkat; Hundreds of houses, a community home, commercial market, restaurants and thousands of canals of land , orchards along trees sank in Gulmit and Hussani, erosion expands spill-way around 35 meter; local authorities resumes helicopter, boat service
Bureau Report
HUNZA, Gojal, June 05: According to media sources, the length of the land slide spawned lake after stretching to 22 kilometer has stopped further expansion in Upstream area early this morning. According to Zafar Waqar Taj, deputy commissioner, Hunza-Nagar, the lake has stopped to expend after 7: 00 A.M, Friday. It was for the first time that entry of water in the lake was equal to the out flow at around 4800 cusec per second. The local administration has resumed both boat and helicopter service following normality in weather after a heavy rain pour that suspended chopper services, causing many people to get stranded at Aliabad, Gulmit, Shishkat and Husani.

HUNZA, Gojal: Expansion in lake stopped on Friday early morning for the first time since the blockade; out flow equals to inflow in Upstream.
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Deputy Commissioner sources claimed that flow of water at the various points like that in Ganish was around 4800 equal to water being entering in the barrier.
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Continuous heavy rain fall disrupts relief operations and air lift to Upstream areas
VoH Report
HUNZA, June 05: The continuous rain fall for last two days have affected disaster relief operations and airlift missions from Central to Upper Hunza, Gojal areas. Heavy rain caused to suspend helicopter service on Thursday noon and the whole Friday. Similarly, Gilgit-Hunza, Nagar section remained suspended on Friday due to landslide at Chikas, a rocky passage on Karakorum High Way (KKH) between Murtazaabad and Nasirabad village. According to media reports, local volunteers and few travelers were busy to clear the road on immediate basis as the KKH renovation project was given by Pakistan government to a Chinese Road and Bridge construction (CRBC) firm.
It is pertinent to mention that due to deviation from actual(original) reconstruction plan of Karakorum High Way (KKH), irregularities, and use of sub-standard material on part of both authorities and the private Chinese firm and ongoing landslide disaster and spawned natural lake swelling gradually has badly affected the speed of work on the proposed route. Consequently, travelers face trouble as the vehicles used a dilapidated road equip ed with mud and stones.

Huge difference in data being desiminated water release from barrier; Lake may break southward banks on West-end only if it loses capacity to sustain pressure on ruined KKH
VoH Report
HUNZA, June 4: Huge differences in data shared and desiminated on electoric media both government owned and private ones. Electronic media which finally found its way to disaster hit areas, while arranged to cover the situation is taking data for granted without confirmation. Even there are few who question the verocity of the data provided by National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), NESPAK and FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance as the outflow is virtually lower than claimed. On the other hand, media especially, the news channels,both private and government owned,in a quest to excel from each other was airing data on water release: seepage and overflow, accumulately.
The water release recorded last day, for instance was around four thousand five hundred cusecs with an entry of five thousand five hundred. Yet, when obseved at Ganish main bridge,the passage reveals even less than half of the normal water flow 8000 cusecs recorded, due to inclusion of numerous streams of Central Hunza to this point every year in summer. Interestingly,the data aird on Private channes was varied: some reported 3900, few 4200 while the rest 4500 thus confusing the audience to which they believe. Moreover, due to lack of scientific data, every thing was based on guess as the Closed Circuit Camras installed on the hemlets of bottle neck gorge reported out of order in wake of heavy rains; thus there are uncertainities in downstream villages along the Hunza river.
Local administration has declared next twenty four hours crucial to release huge amount of water from barrier. One may predict, the same will go on till a month as according to David, a foreign geological engineer, there was only possiblity of release of hugle amount of water if the Southward bank of West-facade in barrier loss capacity to ease pressure due to fast erosion and diches prduced above near the passge of ruined KKH. Yet,the time ahead would tell what was the fate of the blockade as no prediction can be taken as authority because of the lack of proper scientific data.

Aliabad main Civil hospital out of proper medical staff, a local lady specialist doctor fills the vacuum
Bureau Repor
HUNZA, June 4: Aliabad, tehsil Headquarter Civil hospital is out of proper medical staff. According to the details, government civil hospital, Aliabad which serves as a focal point for the patients of both Hunza and Nagar was facing shortage of medical staff.

A graceful building of PC-4, being constructed to upgrade existing health facility was in the last phase of its completion still did not get adequate paramedical and addition medical officers to cater the need being faced in wake of influx of hundreds patients from the newly paralyzed district that lack its self lack proper departmentalization.
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Reduction in petroleum products begets fuel shortage on pumps
VoH Report
HUNZA, NAGAR, June 2: Following the announcement of decrease in prices of petroleum products, feul has been virtually disappeared from pumps in Hunza-Nagar district.

Oil and Gas Regularity Authority announced on Tuesday that prices of petroluem products after reconsideration have been fixed by at Rs 69.04 for Petrol, Rs 75.72 for High Speed Diesel and Kerosene Oil at Rs 65.49 per liter with a reduction of Rs.6.4,Rs 7.15 and 3.40 per litre respectively. With the announcement, owners of petrol pump have declined to reduce rates of these products on pretext of old stock. Consequently, transporters are charging the same charges for travel as before. Public circles have demanded of the regional government to ensure implementation of the move with all its spirit and induce pump owners to obey the declaration.

More than 1000 Cusec flowing out of barrier collectively
VoH Report
HUNZA, Attabad, June 2: More than one thousand cusecs water is flowing out of lake barrier, FOCUS resources said. According to recent reports retained from closed circuit cameras fixed around the bottle neck of gorge on Western end, high rate of erosion was being recorded. Main spill over was 650 cusec and 350 seepage at different points, the sources adds. Population along the river side in down stream areas have been shifted by government and NGOs at safer places to escape danger. While, rise in water level is still threatening low settlements in upstream areas. The lake may further stretch to 30 killometers if the water continue to flow with such a little quantity via spill-way and seepage commulatively, the officials apprehended. On the other hand, due to fast erosion on spill way, heavy rocks were appreared on Tuesday, thus reducing the panic of sudden outburst of water from the barrier. Yet,in case of increase in pressure in wake of rise in water level, geologists apprehend a possible breach on left side of West end bank on river.

Relief from Behria Town for affectees reached Hunza
VoH Report
HUNZA, Aliabad, May 31: Relief goods comprising floor, cooking oil, ghee, pulses, life saving medicines and many other essentials from Behria Town residency, Islamabad reached Aliabad, Hunza here on Tuesday Morning.

According to details, Behria Town, one of the famous Naval forces administered housing society has donated many trucks of relief goods for the affectees of Hunza. Talking to Voice of Hunza before endorsing armed forces at warehouse Aliabad, Brigadier (r) Kamranullah Khan, director Behria Town said that under the directives of the Managing director and Chairman of the residential scheme, three trucks carrying relief items are first reaching in the first place. He said three trucks are on the way saying Behria Town aims to donate as many as twenty truck essentials for the affectees. He said, " besides relief items, they are going to provide medical staff comprising doctors and staff nurses to upgrade capacity of Gulmit hospital, the only health unit for emergency cases. He further said that they are going to arrange famous Behria Daster Khawan so to cater the food requirements under a single floor.
Interestingly, he could not spare time to answer a question of VoH that though the relief items for affectees of Hunza was a great contribution but why half of items were unloaded at Gilgit? It was pertinent to tell our leaders, trucks carrying relief goods used to bring half of items only while the record of rest is unknown.Which is a big concern for intelligentsia.

More than 450 Cusecs flowing out of barrier
VoH Report
HUNZA, Attabad, May 31: More than four hundred and fifty cusecs water is flowing out of lake barrier. According to recent reports retained from closed circuit cameras fixed around the bottle neck of gorge on Western end, high rate of erosion was being recorded. Yet, still there seems no sign of sudden release of huge water from the barrier as the spill way has served to ease pressure on top shores.

Hunza-Nagar, Gilgit traffic section reopened
VoH Report
HUNZA, June 01: The Hunza-Nagar and Gilgit traffic section has reopened for public transport after the less possibilities of outburst of the water from barrier on Hunza river. Due to suspension of transport facility, prices of essentials especially edibles were sky rocketed in last two days. Stocks of vegetable items like tomato, onions and rest were reported short in markets. Public circles have applauded decision of local administration saying the move will end temporary shortage of edibles.

Release of water via spillway increased to 800 cusec per second; government machinery high alert; public warned to go nearby river passage, next three days crucial, erosion expanding the way of flow
VOH Report
HUNZA, May 30: Flow of blockade water via spill-way, curved in the mid of West end has been increased by every next hour from hundred thirty five to eight hundred Cusec per second, collectively for last twenty six hours.

HUNZA, Attabad: Release of water via spill way from Attaabad land slide spawned lake: Image by Reuters

According to details, According to the details,geological experts of Pakistan Army, NDMA, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance,and NESPAK who are constantly monitoring situation have termed next three days, crucial to hours. On the other hand, constant erosion of water flow has widened the passages, weakening the barrier against the blockade. Government officials were kept high alert in the region and people were alarmed and prohibited to approach the areas nearby river passage.

Hunza lake starts spilling
VOH Monitoring desk
KARIMABAD, May 30: Water began seeping out from the Attaabad lake formed by a landslide into the spillway on Saturday, officials said, adding that the next couple of days were critical for avoiding catastrophic flooding.If the spillway is unable to contain the water and the landslide dam bursts, authorities fear the heavy flooding could wash away many villages, bridges and roads, affecting up to 50,000 people.“At this point, the water flow is very smooth but it’s eroding the spillway, widening it,” Gilgit-Baltistan Commissioner Asif Bilal Lodhi told Reuters over telephone.“Let’s see how the water behaves in the next four to five hours, that is when the situation will be clear. We are on high alert,” he said.Officials are hoping for a gradual erosion of the blockage, but they have not ruled out a major breach due to rising water levels from melting glaciers.The landslide in early January blocked the Hunza River and created a huge lake near Attaabad village. Twenty people were killed and another 25,000 were left stranded upstream, and now struggle to remain linked to Gilgit.The Pakistan military created a spillway to drain the 19 km-long and 360-feet deep lake. Lodhi said a major breach in the dam was possible.“It could burst and cause flash flooding, which will ultimately wash away 34 villages and a part of the Karakoram Highway,” he said. Nearly 30,0000 villagers have already been relocated to 24 camps.The head of the military’s relief organisation, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, said the erosion of the spillway and blockade would be faster in the next one or two days. “These days are very crucial,” he stressed. Reuters

Four People died, twenty still missing in Baltistan
VoH Monitoring Report

BALTISTAN, May 30: Four people were killed by an avalanche Baltistan on Saturday, where as 20 people are still missing. At Hussaini Top an avalanche hit a group of 20 people when they were traveling on foot from Gulteri to Torghun. The team of police and scouts were dispatched to carry out rescue operation. Fida Ali a former District Councilor said that due to the difficult terrain and heavy snowfalls there are very low chances of the people to survive. He further stated that helicopter service should be provided to rescue twenty precious lives. Courtesy: Gilgit Baltistan Times

CM fails to win trust of the people of Gulmit – Gojal
Monitoring Report
HUNZA, Gulmit, May 31: Chief Minister of Gilgit – Baltistan visited Tehsil Headquarter of Gojal today along with speaker GBLA, Wazir Shakil, Engineer Ismail and Muhammad Ali Akhtar, cabinet ministers. The CM in his speech announced 30 lac rupees for construction of Operation Theater at the Tehsil Headquarter hospital, Gulmit. Let’s remind the readers that such announcements have been made umpteen times by two governors, the chief secretary, chief minister, speaker and all other high officials of Gilgit – Baltistan, as well as federal ministers. The chief minister also said that all students of Gojal will get free education across Pakistan. He further announced money for the volunteers and boy scouts who are providing services in the village.Despite of these announcements the enraged public gave a very tough time to the chief minister, demanding judicial inquiry against those responsible for ‘deliberate delay in excavation of the spillway’.CM apologized from the people of Gojal for ‘weaknesses’ of his government. “We have tried our level best to resolve issues of the stranded people but if there were gaps then I apologize from the people of Gojal Valley”, he reportedly said.Speaking earlier on behalf of the people of Gojal Abdul Waheed, a social activist, blasted the government for tormenting the youth of Gojal by registering cases against them and labeling them as “anti – state elements”. CM in his speech said that he is not aware of such cases and if such cases have been registered he would use his power to finish them. Abdul Waheed also said that causes of the delay in excavation work need to be thoroughly investigated by a specially commissioned judicial bench.Let’s inform our readers that Mehdi Shah has reportedly said that he is ready to face any judicial inquiry.
“The political actors can fulfill their desire of judicial investigation”, a local newspaper reported the CM yesterday. Women who have lost their houses and land in the lake also used harsh words for the CM, questioning the role of GB government during the disaster. It is pertinent to note that while speaker GBLA, Wazir Baig, was present during the public gathering he could not address the people despite of being an elected representative. Also present during the session was technocrat member of GBLA, Mutabiat Shah but he also did not address the public.
Source: Pamirtimes.net

Traffic between Hunza, Nagar and Gilgit suspended
VoH Report
HUNZA, Aliabad, May 29: Under the directives, issued by Zafar Waqar Taj, Deputy Commissioner Hunza-Nagar district has been suspended ahead of release of water to avoid any mishap.

According to sources, Karakorum High Way was declared as dangerous for traversal and transporters were asked to abstain from traveling along the route. Special teams were deputed at main bridges to observe the situation vigilantly.

Standby alarms installed in downstream areas, local administrations high alert
VoH Report
HUNZA, NAGAR, May 29: Standby alarming devices have been installed at various points along the settlements in downstream areas. According to details, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, a subsidary of Aga Khan Development Network has managed to instal standby devices to alarm people with the release of huge water from the lake. Special teams comprising trained volunteers have been deputed at various points. The district administration have been asked by experts to blow alarming systems or sirens in case of sudden release of water to escape populations along river sites in down stream areas, unheart.

Army helicopters deployed to shift commuters takes hours to fly; choppers shifting essentials from Deedar Gah take swift turns
VOH Report
HUNZA, May 29: Helicopters of Pakistan Army continued to shift essentials and commuters from two heli-pads, Dedar gah and College football ground on Friday and Saturday.

HUNZA: Helicopters deployed to shift commuters from and to Aliabad college ground used to take hours in every next air lift. Image by Shams

Yet, according to the observers, helicopters especially those, deputed to shift commuters to and from Aliabad to Gulmit and Shishkat are taking long rest in the noon and after noon and used to fly to Gilgit before sunset. This was creating anger among commuters stranded in Aliabad and Gulmit as they were asked to abroad the next day.
HUNZA: Army Chooppers deputed to shift essentials from Deedar Gah, Aliabad to Shishkat and Gulmit take swift turns

On the other hand, army choppers deputed to shift goods and essentials from Deedar Gah are shifting the goods swiftly in the prescribed time line.


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The blog aims to disseminate the accurate regional information without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion and ideology to the valuable readers across the globe. We promise to abide with the moral and professional ethics of citizen journalism through this medium of communication. The voiceless masses of this one of the most beautiful places on earth, situated in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan experience hard times due to continuous natural and man made disasters which have left them at surviving stage. Shortly speaking, in a short span of time, Hunza valley has embraces a steady socio-economic and ecological development making it self an authentic book to read about or take a model for rest of far flung valleys bordering Chines Sinkiang province in the extreme north of the country. The haphazard material development in this comparatively small area has also served to create various socio-economic and ethical problems which ultimately served to shake the fabrics of very roots and foundations of culture and civility among dwellers. On geo-political front, analysts find a very little say of a common man in the major decisions related to regional socio-economic development, violation of meritocracy by mafias in political parties, pressure groups which safe guard their own interests, a unbridled bureaucracy, corrupt regimes that patronizing nepotism or favoritism and who wield powers in Gilgit, the main hub and capital of Gilgit-Baltistan. Rapid increase in expenditures ranging from general commodity price hikes to transportation has left no option or time for people to think on other issues.
The so called Economic-Recession, unequal distribution of wealth, concentration of opportunities towards certain beings, lack of social responsiveness and transparency in government sector and no check and balance on private sector has brought its ugly implication in terms of high unemployment, depression among the youngsters, anxiety and hatred towards system of governance.
We vow to bring fore the issues of common man at grass root level, strive to highlight irregularities in government sector and flaws in public policy and finance in a democratic way. We shall continue to give our opinion on issues of importance and determine to prove a viable platform to have a positive role for public welfare, inter-communal harmony, integrity and social justice.
Amid such a situation when even the survival of country is on stake and is defamed due to continual terrorist incidents throughout the our county, we may pray for a peaceful and prosperous future of the nation. May Lord save the peaceful Gilgit-Baltistan region from the evil designs of devils in human form.

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The blog is a venture with exclusive news updates, unbiased analysis and opinion on historical, cultural, ecological, socio-economic, geopolitical and administrative issues and events occurring in country in general and the region particular. It would serve as a portfolio of credible information retained first hand from own and secondary reliable electronic and print media sources and aspire to become a powerful voice for a common man. We are committed to adhere with the professional ethics of citizen journalism, a new trend to shackle the chains of excessive curb over dissemination of reality either for any cause in the name of so-called sensor, with maximum possible accuracy and least deviation while delivering information to show the real side of picture of events so that our valuable readers will have an alternative portal to know what developments are going on various levels, particularly backward areas like that of Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan, Azad Jamu and Kahsmir, Tribal areas etc., across the country. One can easily discern a great social change in terms of attitudes, perceptions both in individual and society; values and reaction to the variables in daily life patterns among the dwellers of the comparatively backwards areas like Gilgit-Baltistan, a deprived region of its fundamental rights for more than six decades of its liberation from colonial yolk. In a quest to voice over issues of vital importance, keeping closer to circle of concern, Hunza, a name famous for its beauty and rich cultural heritage has been selected to represent as a case to further the cause and issues of the rest of the region. Virtually, the region especially Hunza-Nagar retained a rapid development with a short span of time after remaining isolated for centuries to out side world. The blog also aims focus largely to identify core areas from on bottom or grass root level to the top. Keeping due consideration of inter-religious harmony, tolerance, respecting pluralism, diversity, mutual respect, democracy, equal opportunity and other aspects of human rights and professional values of journalism, the blog will serve as a binding force and medium of voice of the voiceless people of the area with reference to Gilgit-Baltistan region.

The idea of creation of this blog came into my mind during a visit after spending few years of career at Karachi, capital of Southern province to the region. While traveling from south pole of the country to north, I experienced many new changes nearly in all aspects of life explicit in urban areas and implicit in rural belts: people have opted to modern technology, availed faster means of communication; task centered behavior, selfishness, following short-cuts, chase of wealth and more opportunities in their career and many more that made their lives much more easier but crazier than before. Nevertheless, the scene suddenly turned bit dim when I entered the region of Gilgit-Baltistan. I could not believe my eyes that this was the Gilgit I saw four years ago. Many things, except the faces were utterly unchanged formats primitive outlook. The Chinese bridge that linked Danyore and Gilgit and a main source of transportation was no more. Few people told me that few journalists have lost their lives in lethal road accident due to lack of arrangements on part of concerned authority to avoid the incident. Karakorum High Way (KKH), one of the highest truck able route and so-called eighth wonder in the world is under construction and many places portray nothing but a passage through a rough stony pasture. It took nearly twenty four hours from Rawalpindi to reach after an exhaustive journey to Hunza, my home town, compared to nineteen hours in past. The scenario seemed worse in Hunza, my home town which remained unchanged for last four years except a drastic decline in standard of living of more than fifty percent of the population. One may think that people have replaced muddy homes with cement ones but that are not the real yardstick of measurement of both mental and material development. Infrastructure, fixtures, telecommunication systems were largely depreciated to their estimated life coupled with inappropriate number of personnel required in educational, administrative and health institutions. The so-called economic meltdown that started from American giant Leman soon took the world into its tyrant claws, shaking many stable economies of the world including the rural areas of developing states- a big example of negligence and subjugation by the rulers of respective countries where people live not above the level of animals. Apart from the allegations on policy makers of industrialized nations having economic interest only, the poor, irrational, incompetent, self-centered and corrupt leadership in Pakistan like other third world countries where immature economies spends it larger portion of budget expenditure on defense could not resist the negative consequences of economic crisis in terms of high rate of unemployment, recession, right or down sizing, price hikes, violation of consumer rights and so on. Hunza-Nagar, like other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan was no exception. The smiling faces that greeted us once warmly few years ago turned unhappy for the crisis brought its ugly implication on the daily life pattern of an individual thus sucking down the unique attributes of population: courtesy, generosity and hospitality. Having a so-called high rate of literacy in the country unfortunately, the region is facing many problems ranging from health to drinking water and energy sector. To many, it was because of lack of geo-political awareness and excessive tendency towards NGO culture where people little bother to beg their rights from the states besides emphasis on duties. Historical chronicles vindicate that the region remained in isolation for many centuries due to a specific location and lack of access to out side world. Many dynasties ruled the area that hardly accepted change in a traditionally sophisticated feudal based society. The wheel of transition continued to move and finally the area got librated through a mutiny with the help of indigenous population from the clutches of Dogra subjugation. Later, the area was affiliated with Pakistan vide a secret treaty called Karachi Treatise as defacto part, unconditionally. Gilgit-Baltistan region got on real terms an impetus to grow from zero level with the visit of three icons of development: Aga Khan, President Ayub Khan and Z.A.Bhutto- a historic event of its nature with long standing implications on live of the people of the region.The area could hardly observed any impulse for more than half dozen years of affiliation with Pakistan when Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan (3rd) first time introduced Diamond Jubilee Schools network during mid fifties in the region. A real phase of development gain impetus when Shah Karim Alhusaini, Aga Khan (fourth) stepped in the region, a population with miserable conditions in 1960. He initiated many new projects in different aspect of life, strengthening the existing educational network under the umbrella of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for the betterment and uplift standard of living of masses lived under poverty line. Aga Khan Development Network in collaboration with donor agencies, with a view to bring social change from grass roots level, initiated rural support programme and other services for less-privileged societies in the region. In simple words, initial projects were stretched to new areas under AKDN umbrella ranging from self-entrepreneurship to planning and building services. These development programmes served a catalyst for a common man who, earlier was confine to a certain limit where facilities and perks were confined to a specific creed, definitely a big change in society led to process of decline of so-called nobility. By, 1974, Z.A.Bhutto, chief of Pakistan Peoples Party and his cabinet undertook a disintegrated country following the fall of Dhaka, albeit eliminating princely status of numerous states gave them democratic structures, initiated socio-economic, political and administrative reforms in civil services cadres under 1973 constitution of Pakistan. These reforms opened a path for further reforms in tribal and affiliated princely states, mostly in mountain regions. Elders assert, by 1976, when Bhutto abolished the princely status of the units and replaced the princely flag with that of the country declared region formally its de-fecto part. The new development allowed for the first time a limited right of franchise and representation in a parallel council governed from capital. He in collaboration with international donor agencies like UNICEF and World Food Programme helped ensure provision of basic necessities like food to indigenous population still in poor conditions. He gave word to poor and enables to build his destiny. The facility fell a prey of Zia-ul-Haq who abolished the programme to benefit his favorite breed. He altered such programmes to facilitate Mujahideen busy fighting Afghan war against Soviet invasion on behalf of American assistance. By, 1988, before the withdrawal of USSR, Zia regime played a dirty game: as an integral strategy to get parallel success, he supported a breed of militants to eliminate all those against his faith in Gilgit-Baltistan. Unfortunately, the indigenous people could not understand his nefarious designs under the veil of religion that had to sustain his regime using divide and rule tactic and nothing to do with public welfare fell a prey of communal discord. Thousands of innocent people were brutally killed without a reason from both sides and this in turn sowed the seeds of sectarianism thus introducing a Kalashnikov culture in this region. On country’s political front, frequent interventions of military in politics in the wake of undemocratic moves of leadership, double standard attitude of bureaucracy and excessive influence of establishment forces harmed political evolution during last sixty two years of country's history. A finest dictatorship is considered worse than a worse democracy for it largely overlook the opinion of masses. The undemocratic regimes since 1952 onwards in general and during dictators’ regimes left people with no option but to support immature, corrupt and unable leadership confined to their self interests coupled with narrow vision. On global front, with the withdrawal of USSR from Afghanistan, American administration started to shift its strategy of dependency and support for Pakistan especially that to check movement and expansion of communist philosophy, an anxiety among the then US policy planners. Political front once again passed through a new change in 1999 when military took over in October 1999. Numerous Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), both national and international rapport delivered remarkable work since 1990s to 2004 in many sectors like education, health, cultural preservation, design and building.

History repeated itself, but in a new form under different circumstances after cold war, when terrorists attacked twin towers of World Trade Centre, an icon of prestige and glory of America killing thousands of innocent people as a response to US policies inviting a fresh hostility between US and Islamist groups or in other words initiated an open conflict between two countering forces. To some, hidden forces worked behind the incident: Muslims thought it was a Judaist elements while to Europe and US a strike of Islamist elements; even the then Bush administration alleged Islamist groups behind this nefarious act to initiate an open armed struggle to defy its policies and interests. The September 11 incident served a cause to create sufferings for the Muslim communities residing in America and Europe. Being a sponsoring source of Jihadist elements, Pakistan was in real trouble as it was asked either ally the US or ready to go into stone age. Consequently, Pervez Musharraf took U-turn in state policy against billions of dollars as assistance. Once again, US dependency on Pakistan after Afghan war, in an endless war against an invisible enemy in terms of Osama started, leading farmer to think to gain control over natural resources in Afghanistan and Central Asian states. As a state, Pakistan endured many hardships, mostly from inside elements, Majority of our political leadership, for instance is largely nurtured under the aegis of military establishments and always ready to achieve their own interest lest it comes to compromise on national matters, evident from the successive overthrowing of representative regimes. They could not deliver any remarkable to uplift the standard of living of a common man except false promises. It was the Musharraf regime which can be given credit for many reasons: allowed a national government to complete its five year tenure, introduced local government systems for dicentralization of power though a move to by pass the then political and administrative forces like his predecessors military dictators to bolster one man show. Apart from few of blunders in terms of killing of Akbar Bugti, subjugation of judiciary, appointment of army on service and retired personnel in institutions offering higher education, other key positions in major public organiztions and using force as a decisive force instead of dialogue his regime can be recalled for many things during last eight years. He was the first who put hand on non-state actors, brought changes in status of deprived regions like Gilgit-Baltistan bringing reforms and took initiatives to improve education and health facilities. He gave us an International University, increased woman representation, empowered Northern Light Infantry, established N.A scouts and notified Hunza-Nagar district and many more. Yet, at the same time on mass level, despite many accomplishments, it failed to address the real issues of poor. Giant fishes got most and poor further got depressed as the regime greatly revolved around the interests of Chaurdhries and lords. December 2007, shall be remembered a black day when Benazir Bhutto, a female leader of international repute was assassinated at the same place where one of the most famous Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan as killed. Country fell into chaos and observed an extreme internal and internal threat to her existence second time after 1971. Good heaven, the situation soon normalized. With the dawn of democracy, based on Benazir Bhutto's sacrifice has brought a hope of change of image of the country in global economy. PPP led contemporary government has given a new Self Governance Reforms Package 2009 ahead of poles to empower the assembly to legislate on various subjects not allowed in past and choose their own Chief Minister unanimously with the consent of Prime Minister, the head of set up-a good initiative after Z.A Bhutto's compassions for the region. The package has opened a door for more autonomy resembles to that of Azad Kashmir. Though, there are many flaws in the package yet, it will serve to reduce feeling of deprivation among the masses.

There is another side of the picture that the poor performance in many of the departments in government sector during last two years has raised many questions in our mind regarding its capability to cope the challenges that the country faces internally and externally. Public welfare, security from internal and external aggressions and provision of basic necessities to the citizens is the fundamental responsibilities of modern states. Yet, more focus on external threats under security syndrome has left the country nothing but to expend on defense-thus neglecting other sectors like education, strategic personnel planning, health, trade and industry and exploitation of natural resources to strengthen our economy. As for as the private sector especially the NGOs are concerned, the are now confine to reporting to get funds, roam and measure the length of roads in their luxury vehicles. Now it depends on flow of events that will decide the future course of history.

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Hyderabad,, IslamicRepublic of Pakistan, Pakistan
I am social person with a tendency towards learning knowledge that will balance the material world and the hereafter, a legacy obtained from the family. I earned my MA (General History with specialization in Modern History) and M.A.S (Master of Administrative siences with speciliazation in HRM) both from University of Karachi in 2005 and 2007 respectively, am fond of social work and public welfare. The blog focuses on social change caused by socio- economic and geo-political impulse in the country in general and the region particular.