Posted on 28 April 2012.
The natives of Gilgit-Baltistan remain deprived of their basic rights – national identity and the right to self-governance. On the other hand, gross human rights violations continue to occur in the region, and after the Kohistan and Chilas massacres, the right to free and safe travel has also been taken away from the helpless residents of the area. Instead of arresting the terrorists behind the Kohistan and Chilas killings, the government imposed curfew in Gilgit two weeks ago. Life has come to a halt in the city which is now under the military’s control. There is an acute shortage of food items and medicines. During the first ten days of curfew, there used to be a break of four hours only in which people arranged for food and water. The telecom system is also completely blocked.
Those affected most by the curfew are the daily-wage earners. As the majority of the workforce in Gilgit are daily-wage labourers, and the curfew has forced them to remain shut in their homes, most of them are living in destitution. In short, the government has converted the region into a jail. Is there no one to remedy this situation?
by Hasnain Balti Skardu, Baltistan, Published in The News Pakistan
Posted in Gilgit Baltistan
Posted on 12 April 2012.
Life and business activities remained paralysed as curfew in Gilgit entered tenth consecutive day on Thursday, while Skardu is coming back to normalcy, Geo News reported.
The city of Gilgit is still under curfew and mobile phone service is not resumed in the area.
The troops are patrolling the area and conducting search operations. The law enforcement agency personnel are deployed across the city to control any untoward situation.
The state of affairs in neighbouring Skardu is getting better after nine-days of tension. Schools, businesses are open and traffic has resumed.
Published in The News
The people of Gilgit and other districts of Gilgit-Baltistan continued to suffer due to the uncertain law and order situation there and curfew, which was imposed for the eighth consecutive day on Tuesday.
During curfew relaxation hours, citizens rushed to markets to get essential commodities but had to return disappointed as stocks had been exhausted and fresh supplies were quite insufficient to meet the needs of the whole population. During the three-hour relaxation of curfew, a complete ban remained imposed on wearing a jacket or chadar as well as congregations of two or more persons.
Besides curfew in Gilgit city, Skardu, Chilas and some other cities were also in the grip of tension which paralysed life and business activities in most districts of the province. Suspension of mobile phone services has created difficulties for citizens to contact relatives and family members .
Meanwhile, educational institutions and business centres in several areas, also remained closed on Tuesday. According to locals, there is extreme shortage of edibles, POL products and water as movement of traffic on the Karakoram Highy has become extremely dangerous.
Published in Paktribune
Posted in Gilgit Baltistan