Islamabad, November 1: The detention of GBDA leaders and expulsion of two sons of Col Mirza Hasan Khan from Gilgit has triggered condemnation and protests across Gilgit – Baltistan. The local administration of Gilgit city had arrested scores of nationalist leaders and activists from the Garhi Bagh locality of Gilgit city.
According to reports Nadir Hasan Mirza and Col Wajahat Hasan Mirza were forced to board a PIA flight and expelled from Gilgit – Baltistan. Entry of the two brothers in Gilgit was also banned for a period of two months. “This is a negation of the promises of liberty and democratic rights”, said Shafqat Ali Inquillabi, a young nationalist leader, while talking to Pamir Times. He also said that some activists of BNF were arrested when they tried to meet the detained leaders at Cantt police station in Gilgit city. The detained leaders and activists were initially kept at the city police station but during the night they were shifted to Cantt police station near Airport.
A protest against the detention of GBDA chairman, Engineer Aman Ullah Khan, senior vice chairman of KNM, Advocate Umar Farooq and other nationalist workers, was held in Abbotabad, under the banner of Karakuram National Movement and Karakuram Students Organization. According to reports some students were detained in Abbotabad for blocking the KKH.
Balore Thinkers Forum and Progressive Youth Front have also announced to block KKH in Hunza for two hours against detention of the nationalist leaders in Gilgit city.
Similar protests have also been planned by NSF in different parts of Kashmir, Shafqat Inquillabi informed Pamir Times. He also said that the nationalists would contact Amnesty International, UN and other international bodies against denial of the rights of peaceful protests to the nationalist circles of Gilgit – Baltistan. He termed the detention of local leaders as an “independence day gift” to the people of Gilgit – Baltistan.