by Ahmad Jami Sakhi
I strongly condemn the cowardly murder of Syed Asad Zaidi, Deputy Speaker of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly (NALA) on 21st April 2009 at night.
There are several presumptions and suppositions behind the murde of the deceased Deputy Speaker, NALA. Some critiques believe that it is a consequence of the changes and application of Nizam e Adal in Swat valley, while some believe that it was a deliberate action by miscreants to spoil the existing peace and tranquility that has prevailed over the past few years in the Northern Areas.
Some critiques say that some international agencies may be involved in this act to flare-up communal riots in the area, which was volatile and uncertain during early 1970s; reached is climax in 1988; then through the 1990s and the decades of 2000 the situation aggravated several times and sporadic incidents took place in Gilgit town and in the Indus valley. However, the dwellers of Gilgit town and the whole Northern Areas realized that without peace and tranquility the area can’t reap the fruits of development. The NALA played a vital role in the mission for maintaining peace in the whole region. This attack is not just against an elected representative of the people but it is an attack on the people of the whole Northern Areas. We as the citizens of the area, strongly and in unequivocal terms condemn this incidence and emphasis upon the local administration and the law enforcing agencies to take tough actions against the criminals and bring them to justice as soon as possible. So that all other peace loving people can take respite and build their trust on the local administration.