Chief Minister (CM) Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), Mehdi Shah on Wednesday said that the perpetrators of the recent spate of sectarian violence would be brought to justice.
He was speaking to a delegation from Nagar valley who called on him at his office on Wednesday.
Shah said the writ of the government would be established at all costs and the protection of life and property of citizens was the responsibility of the government.
The chief minister faced relentless criticism for being absent from the region during the sectarian violence which claimed more than 20 lives earlier this month in G-B.
Shah said the police would arrest people against whom cases have been registered. “Nobody is above the law,” he said, reiterating his government’s resolve to restore peace in the region.
The delegation assured the CM of their support in maintaining law and order in the region and said they would not provide protection to anybody involved in crime.
The G-B government has decided to form a special highway task force to ensure a safe journey on the Karakoram Highway [KKH] in a cabinet meeting. The task force will be led by a major while Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts, the Frontier Constabulary and elite police will also be part of it.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2012.
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