Gilgit-Baltistan:Judicial Body to Probe GB Violence

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Islamabad (Observer): Interior Minister Rehman Malik Saturday said that the third hand is involved in Chillas and Gilgit violence and the judicial commission will be formed for investigations. Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen ceased the protest demonstration after their demands accepted by the Interior Minister while the dialogues between them lost for four hours.

Rehman Malik said that all the demands of Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen are accepted and judicial commission will be formed including the judges of the Supreme Court and High Court of Gilgit Baltistan. The Interior Minister said that the judicial commission would investigate the consequences resulting in violence and learn effective measures to avoid any annoying incident in the future.

He said that due to the stoppage of mobile phone services and curfew no violent incident happened in the region. He said that his visit to Gilgit Baltistan Saturday is subject to the favourable weather conditions and will decide there whether to lift curfew or not. He said that patrolling would be increased and curfew will be lifted after ensuring peace in the region.

Meanwhile Judicial investigation of the acts of terrorism in Kohistan, Gilgit and Chilas is the primary demand of ‘Citizens for Peace in GB’, an initiative launched by the citizens of the region.

This was stated by a religious leader and famous scholar Sheikh Nasir Ali while talking to APP on Saturday. He urged the political and social leaders of Gilgit- Baltistan to come forward for the restoration of peace in the region. He appreciated the efforts of youth for coming out to support the cause of peace.

Meanwhile Majlis Wahdat Al-Muslimeen (MWM) after dialogue with Interior Minister Rehman Malik, late Friday night ended eight-day long sit-in in Islamabad. The Interior Minister assured that MWM protesting leaders that a judicial commission would be constituted to investigate Chilas and Gilgit secretarian killings.

Dialogue between Rehman Malik and the Ulema of the Majlis lasted for four hours. Interior minister agreed to meet all demands and assured strict action against assailants involved in Chilas mayhem.

Later, the leaders of the Majlis announced ending of the sit-in, but warned of restaging sit-in after two weeks if the government failed to implement their demands. Malik announced formation of judicial commission for investigation into both atrocities, directing it to submit report within one month.

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