Islamabad, April 20: Jiyalas in Skardu burnt tires and blocked the roads protesting against the alleged life threat given by MLA Razi Udin Rizvi to chief minister of Gilgit – Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah. The business community also joined the protests by closing down shops and staging protest demonstrations in Skardu city and other areas of Baltistan.
A furious Rizvi had allegedly said that he would not allow Mehdi Shah to visit or live in Gilgit city after he was not made a member of the cabinet. “PPP has deceived me and I will see how they operate the government from Gilgit”, Rizvi had allegedly said.
PPP workers in Gilgit have also reacted to the statement attributed to Rizvi. “Our party’s history is replete with examples of sacrifices for the leaders and we can not be threatened by anyone”, leaders of PPP Gilgit have said in a press statement. “Gilgit – Baltistan is a peaceful region and we would like to maintain the peace. However, we know how to defend our leaders. Gilgit is not somebody’s personal property”, Asif Mir, Shehzad Noori and Irfan Ghazi of PPP Gilgit have reacted.
Rizvi won the election as an independent candidate and was thought to be a probable member of Mehdi Shah’s cabinet. However, his name was not included in the list of cabinet members unveiled a couple of days ago.
People in Astore and Ghizar have also protested against what they call injustice in selection of cabinet members.