Chitralis want extra PIA flights, chopper serviceچترال کے لیے پی آیی اے کی اضافی پروازیں شروع کی جاییں،یا پھر چوپر ہیلی کاپٹروں سروس جلد شروع کیا جایے
The News | Wednesday, December 24, 2008
By Bureau report
PESHAWAR: Unrest among the inhabitants of Chitral is growing with each passing day as no proper arrangement has so far been made to connect the area with the rest of the country after the closure of the Lowari Pass. Hundreds of people have reportedly been stranded both in Chitral and Peshawar after the closure of the Lowari Top.
“Neither an agreement has been signed with Afghanistan to allow safe passage through Kunar province, nor the number of PIA [Pakistan International Airline] flights has been enhanced after the closure of the pass,” lamented a number of Chitralis, who failed to get tickets for their native valley from Peshawar. “We are visiting the PIA office for the last many days but failed to get tickets owing to cancellation of flights due to bad weather,” they said.
They said the government should start chopper service from Dir to facilitate the people. “We are also ready to travel through Afghanistan provided proper arrangement is made for our security,” they said.
The Chitralis, led by former MNA Maulana Abdul Akbar, also staged a protest demonstration outside Peshawar Press Club in support of their demands. Holding banners and placards, the protesters chanted slogans in favour of their demands. They said their district remained cut off from rest of the country during entire winter due to heavy snowfall on the Lowari Top, a lone ground link to the landlocked district.
They said that presently PIA was undertaking only one flight a day. They demanded that the number of Peshawar-Chitral flights should be increased to four from one to enable more people have access to their native district. The protesters also said that C-130 flights to the district should also be approved keeping in view the rush.
“These days, we have been receiving large number of Hajis but there are very few flights to take them to their homes, so C-130 aircraft should be employed to fly them to Chitral,” Abdul Akbar said.