Rehman Malik sees foreign hand behind Kohistan Carnage
Gilgit, March 10: Leader of the Shia community of Gilgit, Agha Rahat Hussain, has called off a protest movement after discussions with Rehman Malik , Pakistan’s federal interior minister.
Rehman Malik visited capital of the Gilgit – Baltsitan region today and assured the Shia leaders that all of their demands will be met. He said that a list of the terrorists will be provided to the Jirga in Kohistan, who have agreed to handover the terrorists to the police. Rehman Malik hinted that banned outfits might be involved in the terrorist act. He also said that there is also involvement of foreign hands in the tragic incident in which 16 passengers were shot dead mercilessly on the KKH.
Rehman Malik, while addressing a press conference after meeting the Shia leaders, said that their other demands will be gradually met . He said that 2 million rupees will be paid to families of the victims. He also said that one member from each family will be provided job in some government organization.
On the controversial syllabus issue, Malik said that orders have been issued to the Chief Secretary for implementation of an agreement reached in 2009.
Rehman Malik warned that no one will be allowed to undermine the state’s writ in GB. He said that the government is considering to launch a comprehensive operation in different parts of GB to stop unscrapulous elements from deteriorating the law and order situation.
He also said that no outsider will be allowed to purchase land or settle in GB without a written No Objection Certificate (NOC) by the Ministry of Interior.
He also said that NADRA office will soon start operating in Diamer.
The press conference was also addressed by Sheikh Mirza Ali, leader of the Shia Ulema Council.