Gilgit-Baltistan: Non Locals Under Strict Watch

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GILGIT (ET): In a bid to quash any terror plots in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), the police has put ‘outsiders’ – especially those from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) – under strict watch.

“We have collected a record of the people from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) residing in G-B,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ali Sher told The Express Tribune on Monday. He added all non-locals were called in the police station to ‘sensitize’ them of the situation.

“We told them as a responsibility of being good citizens they should not associate themselves with trouble makers,” said Sher, claiming such persons might fall into the hands of terrorists if left unattended. “They are under strict watch.”

Most of the non-locals doing business in G-B are from K-P. Last year, over 50 people, mostly Shias, were targeted in separate sectarian attacks in the region.

To a question about the operation in Diamer valley, Sher said targeted action was only taken against absconders in Tangeer valley where a deputy superintendent police (DSP) was killed last month while chasing an accused. “Those seven proclaimed offenders surrendered and we stopped the operation.”

In Gilgit and Diamer, more than 215 accused have been arrested so far this year, said the DIG.

Groom doom

The Gilgit police have decided to arrest none other than the groom if anyone initiates aerial firing in weddings. “There will be no leniency anymore,” said Sher.

The region has been struck with violence along sectarian lines and every incident of firing is generally taken as a targeted attack triggering fear among residents. “The SSP will be responsible for the order’s implementation,” he clarified.

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