Residents of Broghil warns the govt. to migrate Tajikstan
CHITRAL: The residents of Baroghil valley flanking the
Wakhan corridor of Afghanistan, have made a frantic appeal to the
prime minister for rushing to their rescue as the valley is
imperiled by food crisis due to the earlier onset of winter season
and accumulation of more than two feet snow.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the nazim of village
council Baroghil Amin Jan, naib nazim Elyas Khan, councilor Nadir
Khan and chairman of Baroghil Yarkhoon Support Organization, Umer
Rafi said that the weather condition in the valley was unusual and
the stock of food was quite insufficient to till the end of the
extended winter season.
They said that no replenishment of food items is possible during
the winter season as it was disconnected from the other parts of
the district and in such a situation famine was feared in the
They said that the warehouse of the food department located in the
valley was without proper storage of wheat as the department failed
to transport the quota of wheat to the area well in time this year.
The residents reminded the government that in such a situation due
to the unusual conditions in 1975, the then prime minister Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto had air dropped food both for the residents and their
They said that due to the earlier snowfall, the yaks have also lost
their pastures where were left to graze freely and the perishing of
the animals would deprive them from their chief source of
sustenance as no agriculture was possible due to its high altitude.
The chairman of BLSO, Umar Rafi warned the government the residents
of Baroghil will have no option other than migrating into Wakhan or
Tajikistan if their food problem was not solved forthwith.