By Hakim Jan
THE tragic bus shooting incident in Kohistan has shocked the people of Gilgit Baltistan. The people are now avoiding travelling by road from Gilgit/Skardu to Rawalpindi because of fear as there are insufficient security arrangements. There is nothing but lawlessness in Kohistan.
The other issue is that there are no regular flights between Gilgit Baltistan and Islamabad. The air travel is the only safe mode of transportation for people in these circumstances but lack of regular flights is making things difficult for travellers.
The government’s attitude regarding solving people’s problems is pathetic. People have been demanding a new airport at Gilgit for wide-bodied aircraft to cope up the travelling needs of the public, but all in vain.
I would appeal the army chief to call back all the Northern Light Infantry Regiment units and Gilgit/Chitral Scouts from Fata and Balochistan for re-deployment across the Gilgit and Kohistan regions to ensure safe travelling on the Karakoram Highway.
Civil society is also requested to pressure the government to construct Khaghan-Naran Babusar pass road which will not only be safe but will also reduce the travelling distance.