Source (Dardistan Times) A retired Pakistani military man and his son have been ruthlessly killed by police in Aliabad Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan. The shooting spree was reportedly carried out at the behest of the local Chief Minister who was scheduled to visit the region and he wanted to see the area free of hue and cry while he was visiting the region.
Video: Father and Son killed. Police Shooting Spree spurs widespread riots in Hunza Aliabad
Sources told that the police was given ‘10 minutes’ to scare the protesters away from the minister’s convoy and the police personnel, on state’s payroll ruthlessly killed Sher Ullah Baig, a retired Pakistan Military service man. His wounded son— shot by police— could not win his survival battle. The young protester also succumbed to injuries. The protests were being carried out by the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of Attaabad, a village sumbmereged by water dam last year. The government’s failure to rehabilitate the affactees of the natural disaster spurred a youth uprising with demands for help. The government machinery, then, got active to silence the outraged youth. Time and again, the youth remained harrassed by local police and some were sent to jails in sedition charges.
The latest killing of the local residents by state authorities has dampened the peace record of Hunza-Gojal, prompting immediate riots in the mountains of Karakorum. The small settlements of Hunza-Gojal now portray scenes of Tahrir Square where thousands of people are chanting slogans against the government, and officials responsible for the brutality.
Protesters in Aliabad attacked the local police station with stones and bricks forcing police personal to escape the station half-dressed. They set three government vehicles ablaze, destroyed furniture and crashed the windows. The agitators also vandalized the office of local Deputy Commissioner (DC). The outraged people captured many police men and beat them up.
Video: Funeral of Sher Ullah Baig and his son Sher Afzal
Here in Gilgit widespread protests around the city have started. People are setting barricades and vandalizing property and are chanting “Go CM, GO”. Speakers at the protests really demanded to remove the Islamabad-picked Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, immediately. They were calling Mehdi Shah ‘brutal, jinxed and illiterate’. Others were equating Mehdi Shah with ‘Narendra Modi’ ( who allegedly ordered to burn the Muslims of Gujrat).
The Chief Minister, who was scheduled to visit Hunza, cut short his visit and fled back to Gilgit. He is being alleged to order to open fire. Mirza Hussain of Pakistan Muslim League said, “ He is the guy to order, otherwise, how dared a police sepoy shoot at some one. This Chief Minister must go now. He has proven to be a jinxed to the region.”
A member of Gilgit-Baltistan Lagislative Assembly (GBLA), Nawaz Khan Naji has demanded to lodge an FIR against the Chief Minister. Janbaz Khan, another GBLA member called the incident a cold-blooded murder. He said that the government gave only a lip-service to rehabilitate the people of Attabad for the last 12 months resulting in a public outrage.
In an attempt to create an ‘All is well’ atmosphere during his royal visit to Hunza, Mehdi Shah has dragged the region to a chaotic threshold. Voices are being raised to bring peace back to Karakoram, and at the same time, government officials and politicians in Gilgit-Baltistan are begged to have some mercy on the poor people.