Chitral: Despite seven months past inauguration of tunnel by the then Prime minister, the staff managing the tunnel are still sadistically teasing and torturing travelers. A senior banker from Chitral Haji Inamullah talking to this scribe said he reached the tunnel at 1230 pm from Chitral side but was ordered to wait at the mouth of the tunnel without giving any reason. Only after ringing up here and there and getting ‘sifarish’ was our vehicle allowed to pass through the the tunnel. Inside the tunnel we found it abandoned in a neglected state with only some lights on. No work of any kind was going inside the tunnel he said. He also said that people at the tunnel on condition of anonymity told him that even the Koreans have abandoned the tunnel and gone on leave.
It is a matter of shame that a tunnel which is supposed to be open 24 hours is being denied to the travelers on different flimsy excuses and there is no work going on inside the tunnel. The prime minister who is expected to visit Chitral soon should take notice of this and sort out this self created problem once for all. .. BH Azad, 31 Jan 18