Gilgit, April 2: The Gilgit-Baltistan administration held a peace conference in Gilgit city in which scholars and leaders from across the region shared their views on different aspects of peace-building and maintenance of law and order.
Speaking at the occasion ex-speaker Malik Miskin said that if the situation in Amphary and Kashrote, two wards of Gilgit city, is controlled the effects will be felt throughout the region.
Fida Muhammad Nashad, ex deputy chief executive, said that hypocricy has tainted the peoples’ resolve to fight the core issue.
Deputy Speaker Jamil Ahmed said that the government has enacted a law to punish troublemakers. He said that any citizen can lodge a case against miscreants.
Former member of NA Council, Sunbul Shah, said that divide and rule policy was being used in Gilgit, to keep the people oppressed.
Other speakers said that foreign forces were behind the violence. Some speakers alleged that huge sums of money were being distributed in the city to fan sectarianism and fund militancy. The speakers demanded of the intelligence agencies to investigate the allegations and expose the criminals.
Some speakers said that injustice was at the core of the sectarian hatred.
Two influential clerics, Qazi Nisar and Agha Rahat, were not present at the conference.
MLA Raziuddin Rizvi has said that he, MLA Deedar Ali and MLA Aftab Haider had boycotted the conference. “The enemies of the empowerment package were present at the conference”, he told the media in Gilgit.