Gilgit, January 28: Barbed wires were being mounted today on the boundary wall of the compound in which the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly’s building is located. Very recently the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Syed Mehdi Shah, had chaired a meeting attended by heads of various law enforcing organizations and officials of the interior ministry. The CM had advised the security officials to take appropriate measures for ensuring the lives and properties of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Today, a foreign news agency, has reported that the Taliban are planning to attack tourists in the mountainous areas. The risk of attacks has, reportedly, also been confirmed by officials of the Gilgit-Baltistan administration.
The law and order situation in Gilgit-Baltistan has been volatile, with sporadic acts of violence and mob action that pose threat to the lives and properties of the people. Fears are being expressed that the latest wave of violence in other parts of the country can also spread to the northern mountain regions, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.
It is pertinent to note that during the last three decades hundreds of people have lost their lives in acts of violence attributed to sectarian animosity and terrorism.