Gilgit, March 13: Captain Shafi, a leader of the Awami Action Committee, who is also the vice president of Anjuman-e-Imamia, and others were released on bail today. They had been arrested yesterday on charges of disturbing law and order. The released leaders and workers of AAC were brought to the Ittehad Chowkc in a rally where they addressed the people who had gathered to express solidarity and support.
Captain (r) Shafi said that all the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have come together for rights and any efforts to sabotage the movement will have dire consequences.
The Awami Action Committee (AAC) has created a major political challenge for the incumbent government by mobilizing tens of thousands of people in all seven districts in favor of their charter of demands. On 10th March the entire Gilgit-Baltistan was locked down on the call of the Awami Action Committee, which has emerged as a formidable political force in a very short span of time. In reaction to the mammoth strike, the administration stepped in to nominate and arrest at least 9 leaders of the Awami Action Committee. There are reports that cases have also been registered against AAC leader and workers in Astore district.
Lead by Ehsan Ali Advocate and supported by all notable religious, social and political leaders, members of the AAC Executive Body had yesterday warned of offering voluntary arrests if it leaders and workers were not released.