Special Reporter | Photographs: Waseem Samad
Islamabad, April 11: Justice and peace are essential for the future of Gilgit – Baltsitan. While condemning hatred and terror, we shall also appreciate those who saved human lives during the tragedies in Chilas, Gilgit and Nagar Valley. Vast majority of the people of Gilgit – Baltistan are peace loving. The miscreants need to be identified and isolated. The government shall take short and long term measures to restore peace in the region.
These views and suggestions were made during a peace conference and rally organized by concerned citizens of Gilgit – Baltistan based in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. A resolution presented during the conference made comprehensive suggestions for ensuring peace in the region. Introduction of community policing, village level vigilance committees, judicial investigation of the acts of terrorism in Kohistan, Gilgit and Chilas and recognition of the efforts of people who saved lived during difficult conditions were some of the other demands presented by “Citizens for Peace – GB”, an initiative launched by concerned citizens of GB.
A rally was organized from the national press club to “D” Chowk and back to the Press Club. This was preceded by a conference in which speakers expressed their ideas and emotions about the current situation in GB. The speakers included Ghulam Nabi Raikoti, Amjad Ayub, Dr. Sharif Astori, Dr. Ghulam Abbas, Inayat Ullah Shumali, Izhar Hunzai, Kashif Bonjvi, Shahid Ali Astori, Dr. Parveen Ashraf, ex-MLA Noorulain, ex-MLA Sultan Madad and Ali Ahmad Jan, coordinator of the organizing committee.
The speakers also urged the political and social leaders of GB to come forward for restoration of peace in the region. The role of GB and federal government was criticized by the speakers.
Renowned rights activist, Farzana Bari, also joined the protest rally. Speaking at the occasion she appreciated the youth for coming out to support the cause for peace. She said that this movement shall be spread throughout Pakistan.
Around four hundred people, mostly youth and professionals, participated in the conference and rally.