Gilgit-Baltistan:Protesters attack Gulmit Police Station, officials flee

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Aliabad, August 11: Police in Ailabad, Hunza, have opened fire on peaceful protesters, inuring five people. The injured were immediately shifted to hospitals in the major town, where one person has , reportedly, succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. This is the most violent case of police action in the history of Hunza Valley.

The protesters were mostly those affected by the Attabad landslide disaster and the damming of Hunza River, belonging to Shishkat and Ayeenabad. They were protesting on arrival of the Chief Minister, Syed Mehdi Shah, to the region and demanding early release of funds for rehabilitation.

According to initial reports those injured include one from Aliabad, a student who was caught in the firing on his way back from college, and four protesters from Ayeenabad and Shishkat. Names of the killed and injured are not known at this stage. Hundreds Gulmit/Shishkat/Sost: According to one report hundreds of people have attacked the Gulmit Police Station and smashed all the windows and doors. The police officials have left the station and escaped. Hundreds of people hadgathered in Shishkat, Gulmit, Hussaini and Sost, villages of Gojal Hunza, to protest against the terrorism of police in Aliabad town of Central Hunza, in which two people were killed, and three more were injured.

One of the person killed in the incident has been identified as Sher Ullah Baig (Sheru), 50, hailing from Ayeenabad, Gojal, Hunza. He was, reportedly, a retired soldier of Pakistan Army. Protesters in Shishkat have, reportedly, blocked the dammed Hunza River for boat traffic. Authorities in Sost have also also closed down the Dry Port for indefinite period. “Hundreds of people have gathered in Gulmit and they are chanting slogans against the government and district administration”, an eye-wtiness told Pamir Times Gilgit: Hundreds of people in Zulfiqarabad locality of Gilgit city took to the street, burning tyres in protest, and chanting slogans against the police and GB government. The main Shahra-e-Qauid-e-Azam has been blocked by the protesters since 1 O’clock in the afternoon, till posting of this report.

The protesters are expressing their rage against the government and demanding action against the district administration of Hunza – Nagar and the police officials, as well as public representatives. Speakers in Gilgit have harshly criticized Mehdi Shah sarkar for failing to reign in the police.

It is pertinent to note that a couple of months back police had opened fire on flood affected protesters of Khainar Village, in Diamer Valley, injuring two and arresting many, while they were demanding restoration of electricity supply for their flood-ravaged village.

Nasirabad: According to reports protesters in Nasirabad (Hindi) village of Shinaki Hunza have blocked the Karakuram Highway in protest against the the terrorism of police in Aliabad, Hunza.of people are coming out on streets across the region, protesting against the police brutality and failure of the district administration and government to protect innocent citizens.

The protesting public in Aliabad, after police shelling, have attacked the police station in Ailabad and put it on fire. Religious and social circles have condemned the incident and asked the people to calm down and allow the law to come in action. They have appealed to the appeal to not take law into their hands.

Courtesy: Pamir Times


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