Govt playing with lives of Chitralis at Lowari tunnel

One passenger in a text message at about 10:30pm said nearly 2,000 passengers were dying amid snow with 20 degrees temperature on both sides of the Lowari tunnel. He said it was disgusting that the authorities concerned remained unmoved to resolve the humanitarian crisis. Earlier, at 6pm, Tehsil Council Garam Chashma member Muhammad Ali Shah told ChitralToday that he was among the thousands of people still waiting near Ziarat for the opening of the tunnel. He said the queues of vehicles waiting for the opening of the tunnel stretched to Drosh but as the night fell the passageway was shut for passengers. He said vehicles carrying live chicken and vegetables were being given access from Dir side but passengers were not allowed entry. The elected member said a large number of passengers, including women and children, were taking shelter in mountain caves amid the biting cold. Another passenger, Jehangir, said he was stuck in the Chitral side of the tunnel along with a sick relative. He said all elected members, including the MNA, three MPAs, district nazim and the DC Chitral, were in Islamabad but they could not even met a senior government or NHA official to mitigate the suffering of Chitralis. He said the government was meting out step-motherly treatment to the people of Chitral and humiliating them. He said only a narrow track of the tunnel was opened due to which vehicles could not move easily and four coasters met with accident inside. Zulfiqar Ali from Yarkhun told ChitralToday on phone at 9pm that his daughter going to Islamabad was still stranded near Ziarat and he did not know what to do. He wondered why there was no authority to resolve the humanitarian crisis. He said his daughter had reached Ziarat at 8am on Friday but there was no prospect of her crossing the tunnel even after midnight. Saifuddin from Yarkhun said he was taking her two year old daughter to AKUH Karachi for heart surgery and remained stranded inside the tunnel. The passengers said the snow in the Dir side had not properly been removed due to which vehicles, especially loaded mini-trucks, blocked the track, creating gridlocks down to the Dir city. As a result, the passengers were stranded on both sides of the tunnel. They said on the intervention of PML-N leader Amir Muqam, a notification was issued by the NHA to open the tunnel twice a week but the Korean construction company and others were yet to fix the second day. They said as the night fell, there was no hope if the stranded people would be helped out to reach their destinations safely.]]>

6 Replies to “Govt playing with lives of Chitralis at Lowari tunnel”

  1. Iam sorry to say and ask from those who think,concern about Lowery tunnel and completion of it development and all our pain and hardships. Why don’t you ask from PPP leadership and the people who cast their vote for Zardari and Gilani who shifted development money to multan and itd useless now to talk about it.B ut beware in future. Many innocent and competent lives gone due to plan crushed.FIR should be written against ppp would spend money on Lowery,this could be done and we did not use air travel.Now people of chitral are calling and saying against Musharraf (Muhsene chitral). Shame to them. After Hayat Sherpow his brother Aftab Sherpow,Musharaf,ex chief minister Hoti and Abdul akbar have done something for chitral.

  2. The life in Chitral has been made miserable by the share negligence of the concerned authorities. We curse the authorities concerned, their inefficiencies and lack of humanitarian feelings and compassion. We also curse those politicians who are and have been using human miseries for political scoring. This is the most terrible example of democratic governments as we see it in this part of the world where human suffering is ignored like anything.

  3. میں اپنے چترال کی ماؤں، بچوں ، بزرگوں اور بھائی بہنوں کی یہ تذلیل دیکھتا ہوں تو میرا خون کھول اٹھتا ہے۔ جب اپنی بے بس کی طرف دیکھتا ہوں تو جی چاہتا ہے کہ خود کشی کرکے قتل کا الزام اپنے وزیر اعظم اور وزیر اعلےٰ پر لگاؤں اور ورثا کو وصیت کروں کہ ان کے خلاف ایف ائی آر کٹوائیں اور میری وصیت کو بطور ثبوت پیش کریں۔ کل جمعتہ المبارک کی صبح 8 بجے سے آج صبح اٹھ بجے تک ہم اپنے عزیز رشتے داروں سے منقطع رہے جو اس سقر میں پھنسے ہوئے تھے۔ ہمیں یہ بھی معلوم نہیں ہو پا رہا تھا کہ وہ کس حال میں ہوں گے۔ انہوں نے فطری حاجات کیلیے کس عذاب میں ہوں گے۔ کل میرے بچے نے بونی سے فوں کیا تھا کہ بونی میں درجہ حرارت منفی 18 ڈگری ہے تو لواری ٹنل کے دونوں اطراف درجہ حرارت نقطہ انجماد سے کتنا نیچے ہو گا۔ اس کا تصور کرکے یہ خوف لاحق رہا کہ کہیں خدا ناخواستہ ہمارے چھوٹے، بوڑھے اور بیمار عزیز اپنی زندگیاں ہار نہ جائیں۔ میری اپنی بوڑھی بیمار بھابی اور چار پانج پوتے پوتیاں اور نویسیاں اس سفر میں تھیں۔ اس طرح ان پندرہ بیس ہزار مسافروں کے لاکھوں عزیزو اقارب 24 گھنٹے سے بھی زیادہ وقت انتہائی شدید ذہنی اذیت کا شکار رہے۔ یہ صرف اور صرف اللہ پاک کا کرم ہے کہ اب تک کسی جانی نقصان کی خبر نہیں آئی ورنہ ہماری حکومت او سنبو کمپنی نے ہزاروں چترالیوں کو موت کے منہ میں دھکیل دیے تھے۔
    ہم امیر مقام کے مشکور ہیں کہ اس نے تھوڑی حرکت دکھائی اور ہمارا دکھ درد کم کرنے کی کوشش کی۔۔ البتہ گزارش ہے کہ ٹنل کو ایک اور دن کے لیے کھولنےکی منظوری کو لے کر اتنی اکڑ بھی نہ دکھائیں۔ جس صاحب نے لواری کا پہاڑ کھدواکر راستہ بنایا تھا اس نے کبھی ہم پر اتنا احسان نہیں جتایا تھا۔۔

  4. It is the complete failure of NHA and other concerned involved in Lawari tunnel who completely failed to make the necessary arrangement for easy passage of passanger vehical through Lawari tunnel. If it has been decided that Tunnel will remain open for one day(Friday ) in a week than why these sensless people are not making it possible. It is humilliation of the people. Thousands of people including children, women and aged people on both side of tunnel stranded the whole day long and they are forced to spend whole night in -10’C due to mismanagement.
    Our representatives are incompetent and incapable to deliver. They are only involved in blame games and lame excuses. No one will ask the responsible people that made the situation worst yesterday. It is humble request to our leaders kindly be pragmatic. Only claiming success on local newspaper and social media is not going to work.. ok if u are making some effort as u people claim on social media than follow up to know whether the public have been facilitated or not. If answer is negative than don’t make the people fool anymore.

  5. Everything has been explained above is true but absolutely the saying about new DCO sahab Chitral is wrong because the newly posted DCO sahab was with us.He himself with his family faced trouble.we arrived Chitral same time .indeed After coming by tunnel to Chitral new DCO sahab will have understood that how much his citizens are facing troubles in winter in the hands of the NHA and SAMBU company.I experienced on the way the main reason only the truck and Mazda drivers ,they are loading so heavy goods over their truck and Mazda.due to over load they can not drive the trucks and mazdas and abruptly suffering from accident and may cause to block the road for all kind of traffic .So many old men ,women,Children,and ill people were in serious condition when we were coming.we left for Chitral 7am,arrived lowari tunnel in good time but our jeep ,including DCO dutson were not allowed to cross tunnel even he is an administrator of our district due to blockage of tunnel, two hours later when we enterd into tunnel ,4 trucks had blocked the the tunnel due to heavy load,the loads were touching the roof of tunnel so it was not possible to cross tunnel by other transporters,when we cross we saw that many mazdaas had fallen on the main road with goods fruits,floors,vegetables before lowari tunnel opening on Chitral side. so the road was totally blocked.My suggestion to local government, provincial government and central government is this that the tunnel must be opened for 2 days in a week instead ofjuma.should be opened Saturday,Sunday and in tunnel both side must be kept traffic police to minimize such kind panic situation.I could not Sleep and under my quilt writing this comment after reading this harsh news.In this case all MPS ,MNA and NAZIM SAhiban are responsible because they should manage and open the tunnel properly after keeping the road wardens to maintain the huge traffic with well manner..when we were in tunnel many Children were weeping and ill people were crying due to severe cold and rough weather.there were no food,no hotels have room to care them..I do not know what happened after we left.May Allah guide our responsible persons.I hope after looking the serious situation DCO sahab will take strong action against the responsible person and NAH.

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