Gilgit, April 7: Members of the GB Council, GBLA, bureaucrats and some religious leaders are negotiating with the residents of Nagar Valley, Hunza – Nagar District, to free around 3 dozen people who have been ‘missing’ since April 3, the day a deadly sectarian riot broke out in the region.
Among the people held captive in Nagar Valley are two officials of the Hunza – Nagar district administration, including a Civil Judge and the District Health Officer (DHO).
The hostages are said to be safe and sound.
It appears that the people may have been taken into custody by the local people in reaction soon after the news of killings and hostage-taking in Chilas broke out in the region. It is pertinent to note that the residents of Nagar Valley, sub-division of the Hunza – Nagar district, had protected and safely returned around 35 Kohistani and Chilasi laborers working in the region, after the Kohistan carnage late last month.
Social leaders and common citizens across Gilgit – Baltistan have urged the elders of the Nagar Valley to cooperate with the government and ensure safe return of the people, as a gesture of peace and harmony, despite of being hugely affected due to the violence on KKH.
Common citizens of the GB region are also demanding of the GB and federal government to make the KKH and Gilgit city safe for the residents of Gilgit – Baltista, to ensure a peaceful environment in the region.