Gilgit-Baltistan: Babusar Top Closed to Stop Infiltration of Terrorists

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GILGIT (Dawn): The Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have decided to close the Babusar Top to vehicular traffic from 6pm to 8am from Wednesday in the wake of the ongoing military operation ‘Zerb-i-Azab’ in North Wazirstan Agency. According a handout issued by the GB home department, after consultation with the KP government it has been decided to close the Bata Kundi section of the Babusar Top from 6pm to 8am daily to avoid any untoward incident in view of the security situation arising out of the military offensive in North Waziristan.

It is to mention here that the Babusar Top was reopened a few days ago after remaining closed for six winter months. Meanwhile, the GB government also enhanced security measures at the entry points to GB at Karakoram Highway and Chitral road in Ghizar to thwart inflation of anti-state elements into the region. Checkposts have been erected at Babusar-Kaghan road in the Diamer district.

According to a press release issued here, GB Inspector General of Police Mohammad Saleem Bhatti said that strict security measures had been taken for protection of foreign tourists in the region. Presiding over a high-level meeting in central police office here on other day, the IGP said that additional police and Rangers personnel had been deployed at Karakoram Highway, tourist spots and other sensitive areas. All the people and vehicles entering the region are being searched by security personnel in order to prevent entry of any suspected person into GB.

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