Nawaz Sharifs Visit to Chitral on 7th Sept
Forty-five passengers booked on PIA flight PK 660 to Chitral on 7th
Sept 2016 must not be surprised when they reach Islamabad airport
tomorrow and are told, without a reason, that their flight to
Chitral has been delayed. Eventually their flight will be cancelled
and those of them who need to get to Chitral urgently will have to
take the fourteen hour long journey at mid day. This will also be
the fate of passengers booked on this flight from Chitral to
Peshawar and from Chitral to Islamabad.
Why is this going to happen? Because Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
wants to come to Chitral tomorrow.
How can it be avoided? By advising the PM to either plan to visit
Chitral on days when there is no scheduled PIA flight or, better
still, to advise the PM to take the scheduled flight in the company
of the needy passengers rather than a special PIA flight at the
cost of getting their flight cancelled.
But there is more to this. Since the past five days everyone and
their mikee's ( word for uncle in Chitrali) are being persuaded to
attend a political jalsa to be addressed by Nawaz Sharif that day.
And the icing on the cake is that a helipad and a road is being
constructed at village Gahiret to an unknown house which is
suddenly going to get prominence because it happens to be the house
of one of Nawaz Sharifs house boys and the Badshah Salamat will be
visiting it on 7 Sept from this helipad and this newly constructed
road to it.
The camouflage for all this, as we in Chitral by now know very
well, will be a quick helicopter trip to the Lowari Tunnel of Gen