G-B: Fearful Eid for some as six suspicious persons reportedly entered Ghizer from Chitral

Authorities deny claim, saying the report has not been verified by any intelligence agency.


Peer Muhammad September 03, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


The inhabitants of Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Ghizer District were gripped by fear after receiving news that half a dozen suspicious people entered the peaceful district from Chitral to carry out terrorist acts during Eid. The attacks never came, and the reports appear to have been exaggerated at the very least.


According to local media reports, at least six terrorists entered Ghizer from Chitral via the Shandur Pass. This instilled a sense of apprehension among locals as about 40 personnel of the Chitral force were killed by recent militant attacks at check posts on the Afghan border.

Ghizer District is one of the peaceful areas of Gilgit Division and has a population of 200,000, 95 per cent of whom are members of the Shia Ismaili community.

However, top district administration officials had ruled out any such report from the intelligence agencies. Ghizer Deputy Comissioner Shozaib Saeed informed The Express Tribune that there was no credible information from any intelligence agency. However, all necessary measures were taken to deal with any untoward incidence and all religious congregations were provided with foolproof security during Eid prayers.

The commissioner also said that investigations were being carried to verify the reports, and security at check posts connecting Ghizer District with Chitral was beefed up after receiving the news.

Deputy Superintendant of Police (DSP) Farman Ali, who is also acting SP (Superintendant of Police) of the District, stated that the police and intelligence agencies are prepared to cope with any terror act. He also endorsed that there is no intelligence report about any terrorists having entered into Ghizer from Chitral.

The DSP said that the district is short of police as it only has 300 police personnel, 150 of whom have been deployed in the valleys that connect Ghizer with Chitral.

However, the local population still had reservations about the measures taken by law enforcement agencies, claiming that hashish, weapons and other illegal goods easily reach the district due to security lapses at check posts.

Chitral is a sensitive district, as its border connects with Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces, Nuristan and especially Kunar, and infiltration of criminals from Afghanistan into Chitral is a routine matter, which also cannot be ruled out in Ghizer’s case.



Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.

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COMMENTS (3)

Tajmughal | 9 years ago | Reply

Ghizer is already under heavy infiltration of exploiters in the name of making muslims a specific brand of 'musalman' and also by drug traficars. The sole objective of these elements is to gain control over the natural resources of the area, like they did in Chitral. The poverty and illiteracy of the district particularly of the upper valleys are the two most devastating factors that have played havoc with the innocent but patriotic natives and providing nurishing environment for such elements. Public machinary, in general, and certain native elite class, in particular, are very much active in this exploitation. The youth of the area must unite against such real threats and protect their cultural values, social norms and precious resources of the area.

Changez Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

The Pakistani military better take tight control of this border as the enemy is watching and will take advantge of poor and weak security on Pakistan's borders. The Access from the Afghan side is is double edged as the Indians and their proxy warriors can also penetrate from the Afghan border due to their many bases in Afghanistan.

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