BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A social activist, who wanted to educated girls in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer valley, is planning to call off his struggle as he fails to find support from power corridors.
Khan Muhammad Qureshi belongs to a valley where only 1% of the 0.1 million women are literate. The valley, which shares boundaries with Kohistan district, is ranked 95 out of 144 districts with a 46 score for gender parity.
The young Qureshi launched his struggle last year, reaching out to government and nongovernmental organization in G-B and outside to find monitory and technical support. “But what I’ve got in return are verbal commitments only,” Qureshi said on Sunday.
“I worked a lot and even mobilized clergy in my valley for girls education but the tragedy is that no one is there to help us.”
Unveiling his plans, Qureshi said he wanted to engage 200 youths from Diamer initially for a period of three months. “Those youth could help us go to politicians, clergy and other influential in the valley begging them to allow their girls to education.” But that wasn’t possible due to indifferent attitude from government officials sitting at the helm of affairs.”
Over the past two months during which Qureshi has been in Islamabad, he met several government and NGO officials, pleading his case. “I met minister for education Baligur Rahman and other officials in Kashmir affairs but to no avail,” says the activist who have exhausted his financial resources after living for over two months in the capital.
“I submitted a proposal to Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan [KANA] division, seeking equipment like computers, telephone facility and cameras etc but that also me the same fate.”
The activist said KANA division sent his proposal to G-B Council where an joint secretary Anisa Zafar spent 15 days for ‘examining the proposal.’ “After wasting my 15 days she told me they didn’t have any funds to support me.”
Qureshi regretted the elected members from his valley had interest only in protocol not in the public issues. “Let me tell you they didn’t respond when I took up the cause of girls education with them.”
Qureshi says he will return to his valley and spend rest of his life lamenting the people of his valley and those sitting at helm of affairs in government echelons. “I am helpless now. Only God can change their fate.”