Announcement of this unofficial result disappointed and infuriated supporters of Nawaz Khan Naji, BNF candidate, and they started protesting against the results.
Protestors clashed with security forces at a polling station in Sher – Qilla village of Tehsil Punial, in Ghizar district of Gilgit – Baltistan.
Sher Qila is the home town of Nawaz Khan Naji, the supreme leader of Balawaristan National Front. During the clash, reportedly, police and rangers opened fired on the citizens and killed at least one person, while injuring several others. The protesters torched a police van and also pelted the security officials with stones.
According to Shafqat Ali Inquillabi, former spokesperson of BNF, “At least one activist of BNF was killed due to the firing of Rangers and Police, while two others were seriously injured in a post polling clash, after supporters of Nawaz Khan Naji started protests against the unofficial result”. He also expressed the fear that the number of killed and injured person might increase. Shafqat has said that brutality of the security forces is a gross violation of basic human rights.
There are conflicting reports about the number of people injured or killed.
“The PPP government shall conduct a probe into the matter and shall bring those responsible to the books”, he further said. He has also demanded of the PPP government to declare the results unacceptable and to conduct fresh election in the constituency.
In the meanwhile there are reports that contingents of Gilgit – Baltistan Scouts, former NA Scouts, have been sent to Sher Qillah to normalize thelaw and order situation.