Mir Ghazanfar and Attiqa present themselves for arrest; Oppose police check posts between Aliabad and Karimabad; Threaten long-march to Gilgit
Hunza, August 21: Home Secretary Gilgit – Baltistan, Asif Bilal Lodhi has said that no more arrests will be made in Hunza Valley till completion of judicial inquiry into broad day light murder of father and son in Aliabad. He accepted that the heinous murder happened due to “mismanagement” and failure on part of the administration and government.
He has said that people of Hunza Valley are very peaceful and patriotic, while also urging the people to calm down and restore the valley’s peacefulness.
He was visiting the valley to meet members of the Aman Committee, to discuss the situation after arrest of around 20 people. Lodhi has also assured that funds for rehabilitation of the people affected by Attabad Landslide and the damming of Hunza River will be fully compensated before Eid.
Meanwhile, the political heat seemed to be building up in the valley with former Chief Executive of GB, Ghazanfar Ali Khan, presenting himself for arrest along with his wife, former assembly member Attiqa Ghazanfar. “My father had acceded the State of Hunza to Pakistan with the hope that the people will be treated with justice”, he said during a press conference in Karimabad. He expressed displeasure over the arrest of ‘innocent people’ by the police.
He termed the murder of Sher Ullah Baig and his son to be part of a conspiracy to sabotage the peaceful environment in Hunza.
“We oppose the decision to establish 7 check posts between Karimabad and Aliabad”, he said. “Hunza is the most peaceful area of Pakistan and these check posts are going to make it look like a war-zone”, Ghazanfar said.
He alleged that conspiracies are afoot to destroy the peacefulness of Hunza.
“My life and death are with the people of Hunza”, son of the last Mir of Hunza said in an emotional tone.
It is pertinent to note that the state of Hunza Valley had been abolished by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1974.
Many people believe that the murder of two people in Hunza Valley during the PPP government might prove to be a final nail in coffin of the party’s popularity in the region. The party is most likely going to lose support base in Gojal Valley (Upper Hunza) where PPP has traditionally enjoyed immense popularity.