Gojal Youth accuses district administration of patronizing and facilitating the “armed invaders”
Locals demand operation clean-up at Sost and Attabad Spillway for weapons recovery
Sost/Aliabad/Gilgit, August 6: Hundreds of residents of the border town of Sost staged a protest demonstration against the armed invasion of Hussaini and Borith village in Gojal Valley. They were chanting slogans against the government and administration for completely failing to protect innocent residents of Borit and Hussaini Village.
The police in Sost baton charged and tear-gassed the peaceful demonstrators without any provocation, leading to a confrontation which resulted in losses to several vehicles and a petrol pump. The demonstrators accused the Hunza – Nagar Police and the District Administration of biased attitude towards the residents of Gojal Valley during the recent incident.
Similar allegations were levelled against the Police and Administration by leaders of an organization named Gojal Youth and another
called Gojal Youth Forum. Addressing separate press conferences in Gilgit the leaders of these two parties accused the police of patronizing, facilitating and protecting the armed labourers who had invaded two villages of Gojal Valley yesterday and damaged property of the local people.
They had also beaten a 70 year old man, Shafa son of Mastan at Borit, along with his two sons aged 17 and 14, and another young man named Fareed. They had also attacked the vehicle of a senior police official and beaten him up. “The invaders wanted to give it a sectarian colour but the people of Gojal failed their plans”, leaders of the Gojal Youth Forum told the press in Gilgit.
The demonstrators in Sost have demanded of the government to conduct clean-up operations in Sost and at the spillway of the dammed Hunza River to recover weapons from the labourers. “Gojal is the most peaceful area in Gilgit – Baltistan and the labourers do not need to take any arms with them for whatsoever reasons”, a speaker in Sost said.
Meanwhile youth groups in Central and Lower Hunza have also condemned the incident and expressed solidarity with the youth of Gojal.
The press conference was also told that the invading labourers had maliciously misinformed the people of Nagar Valley that 5 people had been killed in Gojal. “It seems that the gangsters incited the peaceful people of Nagar to violence by spreading rumours”, representatives of the Forum told the journalists.
A committee of the elders of Nagar Valley, including Mirza Hussain, Finance Minister Akhtar, Sheikh Mirza Ali and others, has, reportedly, started efforts to defuse the situation and move towards reconciliation.
Speaker Wazir Baig visited the Ailabad Hospital to inquire about the health of the labourers who had been injured in yesterday’s fight among the two groups.