Third Nanga Parbat attack perpetrator arrested: Police

Published: July 4, 2013
A file photo of the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A file photo of the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

GILGIT: Another accused believed to be involved in the cold-blooded murder of 11 tourists at the Nanga Parbat base camp last month has been arrested, taking the tally to three, police said on Thursday.

“The total number of the accused arrested so far is three,” said Ali Sher, a deputy inspector general police on Thursday.

In a press conference last week, the former Chief Secretary and Inspector General Police of Gilgit-Baltistan disclosed the identities of the 16 people who had allegedly executed 10 foreigners and their Pakistani guide in an ‘unprecedented attack in G-B’s history’.

“They are being investigated by a special investigation team,” he told The Express Tribune by phone.

The perpetrators caught so far have been identified as Shafiq, Abdul Malik and Omar who were arrested from Chilas, headquarter of Diamer valley where the second highest peak of Pakistan – Nanga Parbat – is situated.

Sher said that more arrests would follow as police and other law enforcing agencies had stepped up efforts to find the accused.

Federal minister for Gilgit – Baltistan and Kashmir affairs, Barjis Tahir who was on his maiden official visit to the region, handed over a check of Rs1 million to the family of Pakistani guide – Ali Hussain – killed in the armed assault carried out by terrorists wearing Gilgit Scouts uniform at the foot of the ‘Killer Mountain’.

“One of the relatives would also be provided a job in the G-B government health department,” the federal minister told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday in Gilgit.

Tahir, who visited the region three weeks after taking oath to his office said that terrorism would be eliminated from G-B while tourism would be promoted across the region.

“We had a tourism policy in progress when the Nanga Parbat incident happened which dealt a blow to our efforts,” he said, adding that tourism would be revived at all costs.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Adnan
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Good work by G-B police! Gotta catch ’em all :)


  • startrek
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:05PM

    If they are convicted and hanged that will be the news otherwise there is no trust left on state


  • vasan
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Will somebody bother to correct the board, it should read 26660 feet and not 26660 feets


  • Water Bottle
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:29PM

    The third perp’s name is Vinod Sharma.

    The first two were identified as Heera Lal and Amar Singh.


  • S!D
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:52PM

    @vasan: It seems for you, spelling mistake is more important than the arrest of the killers. No harsh feelings!


  • Rahim
    Jul 4, 2013 - 3:58PM

    Good now prosecute them all.

    @Vasan, I think we need to inform our GB friends who are travelling by road to/from GB to buy a blue spray paint and eliminate that silly “s” which is bothering us all :)


  • Ali Raja
    Jul 4, 2013 - 4:00PM

    @ Adnan,

    Yes GB Police will catch them all and our beloved Cheif Justice will set them free under free and fair Judiciary.


  • ss
    Jul 4, 2013 - 4:19PM

    @Water Bottle:
    why were you trying to be funny? you could’ve just said you were an indian :-/


  • Azeez
    Jul 4, 2013 - 4:59PM

    @Water Bottle: I like that ……………..


  • expaki
    Jul 4, 2013 - 5:36PM

    @vasan: “it should read 26660 feet and not 26660 feets” Na ji Na, this is for world to see that
    Pakistan has better BABOOs :-)))


  • Shahid
    Jul 4, 2013 - 6:04PM

    First, this is not true that they were able to arrest 3 people who carried out these attacks as our incompetant and “safarshi” civil servants/ police just don’t have common sense to make this happen and secondly, this story of lies will fizzle out in few weeks. If you ever find out that just one of these accused was punished or shown his photograph, that will be a day as these incompetant police officers are too busy taking bribes.


  • Asad MB
    Jul 4, 2013 - 6:08PM

    Catch them and punish them to set an example, not to ever harm Guests (or locals) with a B.S. cause.
    Islam has high regards for guests.


  • Asad MB
    Jul 4, 2013 - 6:12PM

    @Waterbottle really? there is however only one benefactor of this incident.


  • Todd M Peterson
    Jul 5, 2013 - 1:59AM

    I thought about that also but people comment on that often and I think it is unique.


  • Mir
    Jul 5, 2013 - 6:04AM

    We are human, slowly we forget what happen, So far only three arrested , Where are the rest,? this is not a good police work . tourism in Pakistan is lost for years to come. Who needs tourists we are sleeping back into stone age of Jahalut.


  • ntld
    Jul 9, 2013 - 9:16PM

    What’s the name of the commander of 16?


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