Union councils of N. Areas demand devolution plan
28 July 2005
Gilgit: The union councils of Northern Areas have demanded that the devolution plan should be extended to the six districts of the region. The executive committee of over 280 members of the union councils has passed a unanimous resolution demanding the devolution plan. The resolution says the allocation of 33 per cent seats for women in the Nothern Areas is a wise and welcome decision, but the funds should also be allocated for development schemes. It says the union councils in NAs get 23 per cent of the annual development programme (ADP) and demands 25 per cent to ensure completion of uplift plans in the areas. SHINA POET DIES A prominent poet and political activist Fazlur Rahman Alamgir died of protracted illness here on Wednesday. The late Alamgir founded the Gilgit-Baltistan Jamhoori Mahaza, a nationalist organization in early 70s and fought for the rights of the people of Northern Areas. He launched a number of social and poetic activities to raise political awareness among the people. He wrote several poems and lyrics in Shina which earned him prominence among the contemporary Shina poets. He was ill for a long time and bedridden. He was 60 and buried in his ancestral village Dulnati in Ghizer district.