Gilgit - Baltistan

One group involved in Nanga Parbat and Babosar attacks, says DG GB Scouts

Islamabad: (Business Recorder) Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics control, Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, on Thursday said that a chemical is being smuggled from India and China, which is used in processing of narcotics.

Smuggling is going on at Pakistan-Iran border therefore all border forces should join hands and take effective steps to eliminate the practice, Talha Mehmood said while presiding over the meeting of the Senate Committee Senator Begum Najma Hameed, Mukhtair Ahmad Dhamrah, acting secretary ministry of interior Ijaz Tajwar and Director General (DG) Scouts Gilgit Balitistan Brigadiar Babar also attended the meeting.

He said that a chemical is being smuggled from India and China which could be used in processing of narcotic. Talha Mehmood said that an economic zone is under construction in Kashghar, so comprehensive security arrangements should be made there. He also said that steps should be taken to ensure security of Diamir Bash Dam site.

The committee has summoned federal secretary for finance and Chief Secretary Gilgit-Balitistan in the next meeting, to brief on the financial problems being faced by the law enforcing agencies in controlling law and order situation.

DG Scouts Gilgit-Balitistan Brigadier Babar said that terrorists of the same group were involved in Nangaparbat and Baboser incidents Most of the terrorists involved in Nangaparbat and Baboser acts have been apprehended by the law enforcement agencies, he said.

He said that to ensure safety and security at Karakoram Highway (KKH), Karakoram taskforce is working effectively due to which not a single incident of terrorism occurred on KKH in the last one and a half year. He said that law enforcement agencies have beefed up security and deployed additional forces in those areas where terrorist incidents took place due to which confidence of the local Shia community were restored. He said that there is need to set-up permanent check posts at Baboser top and Pander, adding that not a single untoward incident occurred during last Muharram in Gilgit-Balitistan.

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