ISLAMABAD: People staged protest demonstrations against the discrimination in allotment of financial relief to flood victims in Islamabad, Sumbal and Srinagar areas of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
People held protest demonstrations and blocked Khanabal-Lal Chowk road in Islamabad town for several hours, reported KMS.
The flood victims told media men that the authorities did not carry the assessment fairly and those with minor damage to their houses but having political influence were provided a compensation of Rs 75,000 while those whose houses flattened had been paid only Rs 17,000.
The authorities have been making false promises and nothing else, said Shabir Ahmad Shah, a flood victim, whose house was completely damaged. He said that he even returned the cheque of Rs 17,600 to the district administration as a mark of protest.
On the other hand, hundreds of residents residing in adjoining areas of Hajin, Naidkhai, Nowgam, Gadakhud, Shignipora, Shilwat, Dangarpora, Markundal, Rakh Hajin and Baharabad staged massive protests against the favoritism in relief distribution by officials at tehsil headquarter Sumbal in Bandipora.
The protestors said that 75 percent of the area in Sonawari was hit by floods but the sufferers, who deserved the relief, were being ignored as they had no political backing.
Meanwhile, the so-called Kashmir Assembly’s Speaker, Mubarak Gul, faced embarrassing moments at Pamposh Colony Idgah in Srinagar city when scores of residents surrounded his vehicle when he tried to offer five cheques of Rs 5,000 each to five flood victims of the locality.
The agitated residents while refusing to take those cheques demanded major relief as according to them they suffered heavily due to recent floods.