Wazir inaugurates PC-4 health unit building; says mere beautiful structures without proper staff unimportant; pledges to upgrade unit to fifty bedded facility;says govt working for improvement of health and education
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By: Shamsuddin Muahammad
HUNZA, Aliabad, November 28: Mr. Wazir Baig, interim governor and speaker Giligit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) inaugurated PC-4 30 bedded hospital extension unit in Head Quarter hospital Aliabad,on Monday afternoon.

Hunza:(Left above) Interim governor Mr. Wazir Baig inaugurates PC-4 Project at Aliabad. (Right) Mr. Baig is being escorted by government officials to the public gathering.

He was accompanied by Secretary Health Zafar Lodhi, Assitant commissioner Momin Jan, SP Hunza-Nagar Mohammad Yusuf, president PPP Hunza Chapter Fida Karim,heads of institutions and civil society members.

HUNZA: Interim Governor, Speaker GBLA, Wazir Baig is speaking to a large public gathering after inuaguration ceremony of PC-4 health care unit at District Head Quarter Hospital, Aliabad.

District Health Officer Hunza Nagar while presenting facts and future demands said that Hunza-Nagar district has a population more than 128,800 and area stretching around 14000Square kilometers with 4 main hospitals having 292 staff out of which 21 qualified medical practitioners. He said that for such a huge population,due to lack of funds only two TB control units were functional while 145 lady health workers are working in supervision of 8 supervisors in 6 vicinities.

DHO, Hunza-Nagar Doctor Muhammad Iqbal is presenting facts and demands for the headquarter hospital.

He demanded for hospital cafeteria,laundry, labor room facility, residential quarters for medical officers and other staff members, up gradation to 50-bedded facility,additional ambulances and fuel, immediate creation and recruitment on position." Despite of my efforts to fill the necessary positions, no response was given by health and services department," he added.

Doctor Ali Khan is thanking governor for his visit to inaugurate and public for participation extension unit at DHQ hospital, Aliabad, Hunza.

Speaking to the occasion, interim speaker said that despite of his appointment for a short time, he would continue to work for the betterment of the region as par authrority allows. He applauded Gilgit-Baltistan Works and Power Department (GBPWD) for proper monitoring of project to get complete within allocated development fund in a short span of time. He said that mere attractive building without proper staff would be a joke and ordered Secretary health to propose immediate recruitment of necessary staff for the medical care unit. He said that from today's onward, people of Hunza-Nagar District would avail quality health facilities along with medical check up from qualified physicians.
He said that President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani wants bring Gilgit-Baltistan equal to other provinces saying the recent visit of Chief Minister with degnitories to China was an idication of honor from centre.

Meanwhile, expressing his views on the occasion regarding the delay in allocation of head quarter site for district he rolled out any resistance from Hunza in case people of Nagar want to allocate space in their jurisdiction saying both populations have similar language, culture and tradition. " People of Hunza would assume it a honor to see Nagar a developed area," he added. He said that he is working for the benefit of region according to his capacity as vice chairman while prime minister of the country functions as Chairman Gilgit-Baltisatan council.
He said that in order to ensure benefit of Banazir Income Support Progaramme (BISP) to pass on to grass root a comprehensive survay is being undertaken by Aga Khan Rural Supprt Programme ( AKRSP) which has been given end of December as deadline. He said that BISP aims to facilitate families with poor income sources. He further said that Wattan card scheme would help repair properties damaged during heavy rains and subsequent floods.
He claimed that cheques of around 14 million were distributed among disaster hit population at Altit makeshift camps as the initial relief and rehibilitation package. He announced a basic health unit for Salman abad hamlet, a village in near proximity of Attabad disaster site.
He said that real source of power was the masses saying this was the thier support during ellections that enabled him to serve them as interim governor cum speaker. He emphasized youth to focus on their career building saying their hard work would yeild benifits for both their families and the region a like.
The existing ten bedded hospital was established by British in 1928. This was the only second hospital with that in Gilgit agency. PC-4 project was proposed during former PPP regime and got completed in the same government.

Doors of opportunities about to open for talented youth; self accountability, constant improvement and struggle for best the essence of Iqbal's thoughts; intellect helped human being to develope from stone to modern age, teachers must focus on career building of students: Wazir Baig
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Hunza, Karimabad, November 26: We have inspiring potential in terms of natural and human resources and its appropriate use will help develop a sustainable ethical society; self accountability, constant improvement and struggle for the best was one aspect of Allama Iqbal's philosophical thoughts. These views were expressed by Wazir Baig Interim Governor and Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly during his visit to function organized by F.G.Girls Inter College, Karimabad to mark Iqbal day. He was accompanied by deputy secretary to governor Safder Khan, deputy commissioner Hunza-Nagar Zafar Waqar Taj, President PPP Hunza chapter Fida Karim, finance secretary Aman, principal F.B. Degree college Aliabad and other officials of local administration.

The theme of event was " Hayat Zoque Safar Kay Siva kutch oar Nahi" and was attended by a large number of governoment officials, students and teachers of government and private colleges and members of civil society.
The function was arranged in two sessions, the first included speech competition followed by Kalam-e-Iqbal recitation. Presenters also entertained audiences with Qawaliz and poems having taste and culture. Speakers of speech completion shed life on Iqbal's poetry saying Iqbal, the Hakeem (genius) in Muslim history, had remedy for their adversaries." Allama Iqbal was poet of all times and forced every soul to find the way towards light," said a participants. Speakers stressed on hard and continuous work saying sustainable nations have belief on self improvement and struggle for the better.
Speaking to the event Mr. Wazir said that we have hidden talent in our youth and that is on us how we change it to our strength. He said," essence of Iqbal's philosophy lies in enlightenment of thought, self accountability and change for the better". He said that it was use of human intellect that enabled human kind to leave the stone and evolve into modern age. He asserted that teachers are more respectful than real parents saying it was teacher who develop a young soul to a genius. He said that doors of opportunities are opening to the talented youth to play their role in both regional and country's development.

He qouted surah Ikhlas of Holy Quran saying universe is limitless and it was proper development and use of intellect, education, reasoning and scientific pursuit that enabled human kind to discover God's creations, that remained in vail in past centuries. He said that one of the reasons of our sufferings was deviation from the message of hard work, to balance material and spiritual words and self esteem saying running behind world only begets mental stress and discomfort. He emphasized new generation to devote themselves for their curricular, co-curricular activities as well as character building. " Our one sided pursuits, even higher accomplishments without building on good character is an odd for one's own personality and society simultaneously.He emphasized students to follow the principles described by Poet of East, doctor Allama Iqbal in his brainstorming thoughts.

Hunza: Interim governor, speaker Mr. Baig is distributing citation certificates among teachers at Govt girls Inter college, Karimabad.

He said that PPP's led coalition government both at center and Gilgit-Baltistan was aware to the needs of the people saying GB government is working on warfootings and facilitating new initiatives to ensure quality education in collabration with privte sector. He said that GB government has facilitated a mega 14 million dollar project signed between Australian government and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) aimed to improve education standard, facilities and construction of disaster hazards free structures. "Another milestone of GB government was its proposed new institution with the name of Mountain School of Professional Studies to develpe and maintain human capital," he added.
He further said that working of more than half a dozen degree colleges both in Public and private sector was a sign that people of Hunza were following the message to poet of East saying hard work is needed to keep pace with outside dynamic world.

Hunza: Mr. Baig inspecting stalls and scientific projects prepared by students in the Girls college premises.
Deputy commissioner Hunza-Nagar Zafar Waqar Taj speaking to the occasion said that zest among the youth towards literature of our national icons was applaudable. He emphasized students to implement message of iqbal in their lives to attain self actualization. Mr. Wazir donated Rs. 100,000 for the development of college facilities.

Hunza: Mrs. Maher parver, function in charge paying thanks to chief guest and other participants in the end of programme.

Interim governor in the end gave away prices to winner participants in speech and Kalam recitation. In speech competition, Rani Meher remained winner and Bashir Ahmed stood as runner up. While in Kalam-e-Iqbal recitation, Shahina Big of Hasagawa Memorial Public School and Shahida of Sedna Public School and College secured first and second positions respectively.

Cheques of Rs. 200,000 distributed among 141 Attaabad land slide affected families; seismic proof economy shelter homes for affectees in future: Governor
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HUNZA, Altit, November 25; Interim Governor and Speaker Wazir Baig distributed cheques of Rs. 200,000 as a portion from relief package out of Rs. 630,000 per affected 141 families of Attaabad and Sarat hamlet. Former governor Qamar Zaman Kaira and then Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shahg had pledged to pay the package in the third quarter of the current year. Nevertheless, scarcity of funds on backdrop of heavy flesh floods across Gilgit Baltistan and rest of the country caused a delay in fulfillment of the promises. Affectees of Attaabad disaster were kept in makeshift camps at Altit and with passage of time their difficulties increased. Despite of voice over lack of facilities in form of clean drinking water, fire wood and LPG to cater their household requirements both from NGOs and even from government especially during and after summer torrential rains remained unheard. Consequently, many families managed to shift to affordable houses in Hunza to escape winter season. While most of them are still waiting for proper rehabilitation. Amidst anxieties and uncertainties among affected families of these camps, interim governor's visit will serve to heal their wounds.

Local media persons congratulates Baig;
Baig directs authorities to allocate quota for HNR journalists in VIP and cross border moment
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Hunza, Karimabad, Nov.25: Media persons of Hunza-Nagar met Interim governor and Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Wazir Baig on Thursday, here at Karimabad. Mr. Baig assured local media persons for a proportionate and issued directions to deputy secretary to Govenor Safdar Khan to work out a proportionate qouta in this regard to adress the concerns of local journalists.

Hunza: Interim Governor, Speaker GBLA discussion problems faced by local journalist community during a meeting here at Karimabad. Deputy Commissioner Zafar Waqar Taj is also present on the occasion. Photo by:Shamsuddin Muhmmad

Representitives of internationals, national and regional media congratulated interim governor for appointment vowed to support every move of current government aims to foster integrity, mutual respect and development both at grass root and institution level. They also call upon governor and accompying authorities to facilitate with a temporary building for Hunza-Nagar press club. Acting governor assured journalists for possible facilitation on priority basis.

Interim Governor due on Thursday
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Hunza, November 24: Interim Governor, Speaker and member Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Wazir Baig is expected to reach Hunza on his three day visit on Thursday morning. According to party sources, Wazir will be an unofficial visit and accompanied by only few officials keeping in view worsening law and order situation in Gilgit, regional capital. Party leadership, Hunza chapter will receive him at Nasirabad bridge to bring Aliabad, his home town. During his three day visit, interim governor will meet delegations from different localities. On second and third day, he is expected to participate in educational programmes followed by inauguration of PC-4 30 beded medicare unit in Head Quarter Hospital, Aliabad, respectively.

Delay in compensation of KKH-ACAKKH warns for inter district series of protest
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HUNZA, Aliabad, November 22: An emergency meeting of Action Committee Affectees Karakorum High Way (ACAKKH) was held in a local hotel, here at Aliabad on Sunday. The meeting was presided by Muhammad Hussain advocate, Chairman action committee, Hunza-Nagar district. Participants including Imamdad,Baba Jan, Haji Rehmat Ali, Ahsan Ali, Fida, Akhtar Amin, Amanullah Khan, Naeemullah Baig, Jan Alam, Haji Rehbar Hussain, Saleem Khan, Muhammad Abbas Thai,Meherban Ali, Safdar Hussain, Muhammad Ayub and Attaullah Baig criticized on delay in implementation of Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah's directives for the payment to affectees who were waiting for compensation for of KKH expansion project. Mr. Shah had announced September 20, 2010 as the deadline for payment of compensation against their properties.speakers slammed local bureaucracy and political administration for negligence to issue saying authorities were busy to fill their pockets, instead.
A resolution was unanimously passed where in: in time and appropriate compensation was demanded. Failure to pay appropriate and in time or further delay in compensation package, sever protest will be resulted albait intervention in construction work on KKH and suspension of traffic across district, resultion reads.

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  2. Thanks to minds working on this blog, one of few impartial websites with genuine information coupled with a real picture of affairs logically drawn inferences. We have a rich cultural heritage,natural and human resources but still could not united become a nation. With dozens of political and religious parties with backings in every tier of society our highly educated populations are being ruled by few illiterates. What is a good of high literacy when we are unable to beg even basic rights. Why should we blame Federal government, weaknesses exist in ourselves. We don't bother what is being done with us and unwilling to work collectively for betterment of society. We never asked our national representatives to honor their promises made during election days. In short, we became selfish mob with no direction at all.I must say," Keep it up guys" and God bless you!


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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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