by A Reporter
Lahore, October 21: Eight students belonging to different parts of Gilgit – Baltistan had to spend a night in Race Course police station, Lahore, because the police considered them to be Afghan nationals.
According to information received by Pamir Times two students from Baltistan and six others from all three parts of Hunza were detained for a night by the local police. The students produced their identity documents but the police wanted to verify the same from NADRA database.
Didar Ali Hunzai, an active social worker based in Lahore, used his personal contacts to bail the students out with help of other friends. Talking to Pamir Times Didar said that due to tighter security control the police wasn’t taking any chances so the youth of Gilgit – Baltistan need to carry their identity documents along. He said that the detention case in no way means that the people of GB are being targeted in any way.
Similarity in physical features, like skin color and physique, often make it difficult for people to distinguish between Pukhtoons, Afghanis and people of Gilgit – Baltistan.