Sectarian violence: G-B govt plans Gilgit deweaponisation

Published: December 24, 2012
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Government to launch targeted operation to collect illegal weapons from key localities of capital. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Government to launch targeted operation to collect illegal weapons from key localities of capital. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

In a bid to eradicate sectarianism, the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government is set to launch an effective targeted operation to deweaponise Gilgit city.

G-B’s capital city is in the grip of sectarian clashes for over two decades, as a result of which many precious lives have been lost and the peace of the area has been disrupted.

Amid the deteriorating law and order situation, the government has decided to launch a targeted operation to collect illegal weapons from key locations of the capital, The Express Tribune has learnt.

“At this stage, military operation is not the solution to the problems, but we have decided to launch an effective targeted operation in certain localities, as per authentic intelligence reports,” a senior police officer in GB told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity.

The political leadership favoured the idea of a targeted operation and directed the civil administration and local military leadership to press ahead with the plan, it is learnt.

In recent meetings held in GB’s Force Commander Office, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister G-B Syed Mehdi Shah, it was decided that the issue must be dealt with immediately to establish order.

According to a police officer, intelligence reports reveal that huge catches of sophisticated weapons have been smuggled to Gilgit, through different entry points of the area, particularly during summers when borders remain opened.

The officer added that the administration is refraining from carrying out a military offensive in the area to avoid unnecessary botheration to the citizens. However, he said that they “know where the ammunitions are, and how to reach them.”

“Previously, there was [just] sectarianism and target killings. Now the menace is transforming into large scale terrorism, and timely action is crucial to nip the evil in the bud,” the officer said.

A fresh wave of sectarianism started at the beginning of the year, when unidentified assailants targeted a passenger van at the Dassu area of Kohistan, followed by the killing of passengers at Chilas and a similar incident at Lulusar Top.

Commenting on the situation, Speaker G-B Legislative Assembly Wazir Baig, who is active in efforts to bring peace in GB, stated that the government is taking measures to bring normalcy in the area and are involving religious scholars and the wider community.

“We have established Masjid Boards and now efforts are underway to establish Ulema Boards by engaging religious scholars from across the sectarian groups,” Baig said.

The government is also concentrating on the strengthening of law enforcement agencies by increasing their numbers and effectively equipping them.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 24th, 2012.

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  • Rashid Baig
    Dec 24, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Due to ongoing military operation in FATA, a large number of terrorists have moved to GB. Government should destroy the safe heavens of Talibans in entire GB. The launching of operation in Gilgit will not be enough, as the arms and ammunitions are being brought to Gilgit from Diamer and Ghizer districts. For sustainable peace in GB, the government should establish its writ in Diamer and Ghizer too.

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  • Dec 24, 2012 - 12:04PM

    Please deweaponize the mindset as well.

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  • Hussain Ali
    Dec 24, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Thats a good move by govt. Being a resident of Nagar valley i ask govt to extend military operation to my valley and wipe out terrorist who recently abducted some 50 peaceful citizens and earned bad name to us. Such elemenys need to be wipedout.

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  • Sher Ghazi
    Dec 26, 2012 - 10:22AM

    Not weaponless only at least demolish 2 or three main towns in Gilgit City. You will see every thing will be settle down. Like Kashrote, Nagral and Amphary. These 3 towns totally hijacked by militant wings.

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  • Umar Shazad
    Dec 26, 2012 - 7:24PM

    @Hussain Ali:
    NO no brother we chilasis and Kohistanis must accept our evil and brutal deeds firsts. Being a resident of Chillas I must confess that, we are most brutal and inhumane people in Gilgit- Baltistan. People in Nagar did in retaliation against what has been committed in Kohistan and Chilas. We are people, who butchered innocient women, children, stoned to death young men, torched passengers and their luggage. Possibly, we the most barbarous people on this earth. Dear brother what you nagaris have done????you have just detained few people for some days, and at the end you safely handed those people to their families. Still to date, those detained people admire your hospitality. Even those people confessed you good attitude and hospital in media.
    SO, I think Govt. must start a massive operation in our area ( Chilas & Kohistan). This is the only solution for a peaceful co-existence in our beloved Gilgit-Baltistan

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  • rashid
    Dec 30, 2012 - 11:21PM

    so if ppl of chilas and nagar say ok to military operation there should be one becuase i know in both these places there is huge number of weapons go ahead start operation and wipe out terrorists in nagar and chillas and every where else

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  • SHAHID KARIM
    Jan 1, 2013 - 12:02AM

    why to spare hunza

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