Gilgit, January 29: Rehman Malik’s statement in which he termed the Karachi based people of Gilgit – Baltistan responsible for terrorism is misleading and a conspiracy against the region. The Interior Minister should withdraw his statement and apologize from the people of Gilgit – Baltistan.
These views were expressed by APML Chief Organizer, Karim Khan, while talking to the media. He
said that the statement is likely to present a false picture of the tourism-oriented region, while creating suspicion about the people of Gilgit – Baltistan across the country. He said that the government has failed to curb militants in Karachi and now they are trying to divert the attention from the core issues by maligning name of a peaceful region. “If the Interior Minister talks about terrorist groups in Gilgit, then the tourists would never come here”, Karim Khan said. “The minister should use the state and government to arrest the terrorists instead of making vague and passing remarks”, he added.
He also said that such ambiguous statements will have corrosive effect on the already weak economy of Gilgit – Baltistan.