By Farooq Sulehria
Thousands protest against shifting of Balakot city, help the victims
Over five thousands protesters demanded at Balakot not to shift
th city to another place. The military authorities have decided
to shift the destructed city of Balakot to a new place. Munir
Hussain, the union council nazim of Garlaat led the demonstrators.
While speaking on the occasion he said, we have no trust
on the military rehabilitation authorities. They have done nothing
for the last six months and they will just shift us to a new place
without any proper arrangements. Why can not they build houses
that are earthquake proof. Why they want to displace us where
we have lived for centuries, he told the demonstrators.
He said whole area is here to tell the military government that
we are not moving anywhere.
Earlier on 8th April, the Balakot rehabilitation authorities
formally announced that Balakot is in red area and we have to
shift the whole city to a new place. This led to a widespread
wave of anger among the locals who have lost most of their loved
ones during the earthquake of 8th October 2005.
Munir Hussain also spoke to a Labour Education Foundation seminar
globalization and anti globalization on 1st of April
at Lahore Press Club to tell the audience that they will not accept
the decision to shift the whole city. Labour Party Pakistan announced
a full solidarity with the locals of Balakot area and announced
that their voices will be spread all over Pakistan and internationally.
To help in this matter, please call Munir Hussain union nazim
Gurlaat 0300 5611953 or Amir Suhail, journalist 03009466706, both
are based in Balakot