Source (Dardistantimes) Dozens of protesters from Gilgit-Baltistan gathered outside Karachi Press Club, demanding immediate release of Baba Jan and other local residents arrested by law-enforcement agencies in Hunza. The demonstrators held banners reading ‘Release Baba Jan and stop harassment’, ‘Compensate Attabad Affectees’ etc.
“People are paying the price for speaking up. The campaign to harass, arrest and detain political workers and normal people in Gilgit-Baltistan is in the milieu of the genuine demands for rehabilitation and compensation of the lake affected people.” Speakers at the gathering maintained.
The speakers criticised the government for its slothful response to rehabilitate and compensate the people— while keeping a tight rein on the right to protest. The demonstrators demanded that the local authorities should stop engineering fake cases against peaceful protesters and release those in lock-ups.
The protest rally was organized jointly, by Labour Party Sindh, Progressive Youth Front (PYF), Balawaristan National Student Organization (BNSO), Karakuram Student Organization (KSO) and Gilgit-Baltistan Youth Adhoc Committee (GBYAC). Sajjad Zahir, Shabir Azad, Razaq Alvi, Rafique Chingari and Shabir Miyar of the organizing parties address the rally and demanded immediate release of more than 20 workers associated with labour Party, Progressive Youth Front and other political affiliates from Gilgit-Baltistan.
It is pertinent to remind that the youth agitation escalated in the region when local police opened fire on a protest demonstration in Alliabad, killing two innocent residents. The shooting incident followed by several arrests and night raids on the pretext that the demonstrators ‘vandalized public property’ in Hunza. (Dardistan Times)