Target killings in Gilgit: CM slams police for rising violence

Shah says merit has been transgressed in the Gilgit-Baltistan police appointments.

Express January 20, 2011

GILGIT: In the wake of recurring target killings in Gilgit, Chief Minister Mehdi Shah on Wednesday criticised the police saying that merit has been transgressed in the Gilgit-Baltistan police appointments.

“Merit has been trampled in the appointments of Gilgit-Baltistan police,” the CM said while talking to a delegation of journalists who called on him in his office.

Despite repeated warnings to the police against rising violence, the spree of targeted attempts has not been stopped. This week, in a fresh wave of target killings, one person died while two others were injured including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Jafferullah.

The chief minister said that if the police were performing their duties sincerely and impartially, the Gilgit-Baltistan government would not have sought the services of Pakistan Rangers to maintain law and order in the region.

He said that his government will work towards bringing about peace and sectarian harmony in the region, adding that all his ministers were performing their duties independently. Commenting on the recent incidents of violence, the chief minister said that some could be a result of a personal rivalry.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th,  2011.

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Karim Alam | 10 years ago | Reply There is a dire need to survey the police personnel for their religious and political inclinations on the pattern of Islamabad Police. if the government intends to avoid such mishaps in the near future. As per news details forms have been prepared and distributed to evaluate the personnel of Islamabad Police in order to judge their personalities, views and inclinations towards religion and politics.
karim | 10 years ago | Reply it is the matter of fact there violence occur in every big city of pakistan but gilgit baltistan is one of the peaceful region of pakistan espacially hunza valley, the appointed member of gilgit baltistan must take clear step to save the beautiful valleys of gilgit baltistan, also they must focus on atta abad lake issue because there is no source of income of gojal valley due to the blockage of the the area is a special tourist spot, appointees should take step for the flow of tourist
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