Amir Khan of Hunza Valley released after 2.8 years


Gilgit, March 4: Amir Khan, a progressive political activist hailing from the Hunza Valley, was released today from Jutial Sub-jail in Gilgit on completion of this imprisonment sentence. He had been arrested and tried on the charges of arson and rioting in Aliabad, Hunza, in reaction to the shooting of two IDPs, father and son.

Police had killed two protesting IDPs on 11 August 2011 in Aliabad Hunza. The incident had triggered widespread unrest across the valley. Several government building had been torched by enraged residents of the otherwise peaceful valley. Amir Khan and several of his companions were arrested and imprisoned afterwards. They were actively working for the Progressive Youth Front (PYF) then, which is a political party working for constitutional and other rights of the Gilgit-Baltistan region.

Amir Khan was warmly welcomed on his release from the prison today by Comrade Ehsan Ali Advocate, Baba Jan of Progressive Youth Front, Safdar Ali of BNF, Aslam Inquillabi and other political activists. He was taken to the Colonel Hassan Market where speakers in a programme showered praises on Amir Khan for his struggle.

Speaking to the media after getting out of the jail, Amir said that he has gained more than what he has lost during his almost three years long imprisonment. “I will keep raising voice against injustice and cruelty”, he said.

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