August 17, 2011

Hunza killings unite rights-seeking people of Gilgit-Baltistan

The Terrorland Report

“DOWN with Force Commander Gilgit-Baltistan,” 
reads a placard during a protest in Islamabad. 
THE gruesome murder of a poor retired soldier and his young son by police in Aliabad Hunza has phenomenally united the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan, who are seeking constitutional rights in the lawless region under the federal government of Pakistan.

Gojal, the upper part of Hunza with over 20,000 population, is cutoff from rest of Pakistan for about 18 months as landside blocked the Hunza River as a result many villages along the Karakoram Highway submerged in the artificial dam created by the blocked river.

As Gojal is situated on the borders of neighboring China, so the socialist government is providing food and other facilities of the affected people on humanitarian grounds.

About 50 internally displaced people from the affected villages wanted to protest on the arrival of the Chief Minister of the region as they had not been given compensation so far, and they are living in tents in miserable conditions.

But the police fired on the protesters indiscriminately as a result Sher Ullah Baig alias Shero along with his young son died while about a dozen were got injuries. According to locals, the notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is involved in the incident as The Terrorland had posted on its Facebook page soon after the incident:

“On ISI orders, police kill 2 men demanding basic rights in Hunza.”

A message had become very popular in the cyberspace about the martyred men:

“I served the Pakistan Army my entire life with loyalty and when I retired, the police force killed me and my son mercilessly because we were peacefully protesting for our rights!!"

Sher Ullah Baig,50, from Ayeen Abad, Gojal Hunza was killed along with his 22 year old son, Sher Afzal, when police opened fire on a peaceful demonstration in Aliabad, Hunza.

The people of the affected areas have demanded registration of a criminal case against Chief Minister Mehdi Shah. But others say that the Chief Minister has no powers.

“Even a Captain of the ISI has more powers than the CM and Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan,” claimed a nationalist. “That is why the people of the area for the first time in Islamabad protested against the Force Commander."

A two-star general actually rules the over 72,000 sq/km region, which has no representation in the Parliament of Pakistan.

The injured are being taken to hospital. (Photos courtesy PT)
Sources claim that it was a part of an evil unrest plan of the ISI and MI as both agencies have become “naked in the region and they want to divert attention of the people but people know what had been doing in Gilgit-Baltistan for the last 64 years”. But fortunately, they failed. And now people have become more conscious about the local agents of the agencies, said a student.  

Earlier the ISI and MI failed in creating sectarian clashes between the Ismailis of Hunza and Asna’ashris of Nagar, two valleys on either side of the Hunza River, both belong to two sects within Shia Islam. The secret agencies sent about 100 of their paid terrorists and heroin smugglers to Hussaini village of Gojal who burnt properties, injured and harassed the peace-loving people especially children and women.

“Pakistani government sends terrorists to ransack, plunder and terrorize us while the Chinese government is giving us rations,” a local woman said. “If we are attacked again, we will seek help from the Chinese government.” 

A teacher from Nagar said: “The secret agencies through their agents in Hunza and Nagar wanted a bloody clash… but it was averted due to the wisdom of the locals.” He requested people from both valleys to recognize the agents among themselves and be careful about them next time.

“People have realized that those who create rift among the people are not outsiders but are among themselves,” a political worker from Gilgit said, adding that there are about 13 secret agencies working to divide and rule in Gilgit-Baltistan.

"The attack on Gojal was led by a Subidar (non-commissioned officer) of the ISI," he claimed. "This was the gang ISI uses to smuggle heroin into China and help to the Sinkiang separatists."   

Political leaders in the area have started a united struggle for their basic human rights as a debate on more provinces is going on in Pakistan.

“The martyrdom of the innocent men in Hunza has united Shias, Sunnis, Ismailis, Noorbakhshis, Baltis, Shina, Brushaski, Wakhi, Khowar, Domaki-speaking people in Gilgit-Baltistan to work for their legal rights with a new zeal and determination. We salute to the political leaders of the region who led the people in the rights direction in such a critical time,” said a man from Hunza.

One educationist reminded a blog post, I fear no one on earth, says ISI official, in which it was revealed how the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit was being run on sectarian basis like a tribal area:

A placard during protest.
“One thing was clear. Dr. Najma Najam was running the university with the help of secret agencies like the Political Agents run the tribal areas in Pakistan: Registrar Dr. Ahsanullah Mir was acting as a Taliban commander on campus; Karim Khan was acting as leader of the Shia community while Manzoor Ali -- assistant professor, physics department and president Ismaili Regional Council Gilgit -- was acting as a tribal leader of the Ismailis. It was shocking. They university admin was not following the rules of the government but had made their own system.”

Many people from the region have pointed out that in the same way the entire Gilgit-Baltistan region is being run. “There are the so-called leaders of the Shias, Sunnis and Ismailis who spend their evenings with ISI and MI officers at the Serena Hotel (the only three-star facility in the region). There they make sinister plans and then ruin lives of innocent people,” said a local journalist on condition of anonymity.

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 Video of the shooting incident


      1. Time is really critical.. now we all have to figure out back-seat-drivers of this whole Game.. once we find.. we shud all kick them out of our region..

        God bless you my Hunza..

      2. Hunza Tragedy part of a planned conspiracy: Wazir Baig

        PT Report

        Gilgit, September 12: Speaker of Gilgit – Baltistan Legislative Assembly, Wazir Baig, has said that the murder of two IDPs in Alibad was part of a well though and planned conspiracy, not a random incident. He made this statement while presiding the 12th session of GBLA which stated yesterday in Gilgit city.

        The speaker also said that registering anti-terrorism cases against 350 people of Hunza Valley instead of nabbing the real culprits shows the biased attitude of Hunza – Nagar’s district administration. He demanded that the current district administration be transferred from Hunza – Nagar.

        “I know the people of Hunza Valley very well and these violent acts are part of a conspiracy”, Wazir Baig said.

        His stance was supported by MLA Mirza Hussain of Nagar Valley, who said that the government of GB is responsible for the murder of innocent IDPs in Hunza Valley.

      3. Press Release of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement

        Human rights violations, sectarian targeted killings and state-led terrorism continue in Gilgit under government patronage. After one hundred days of the tragedy of Hunza, where a father and his son were killed by law enforcement agents, government has failed to arrest the murderers. It has rather resorted to arresting and torturing political leader Babajan Hunzai and twelve other activists, which shows absence of law and justice in the region. This was stated by chairperson of Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement, Engineer Manzoor Parwana. He claimed that Gilgit-Baltistan ranked top in South Asia when counting the number of incidents of human rights violations in the year 2011. He accused the so-called provincial government for not only failing to control but intentionally supporting and promoting state-led terrorism, sectarianism, lawlessness, targeted killings and corruption which has engulfed Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that GBUM will issue white paper in this regard and details will be sent to the international human rights organizations including the UNO.

        Manzoor accused the government of Mehdi Shah for arresting him on false charges and keeping in the lock up for several weeks. He stated that the government established false cases of sedition and terrorism to malign him and hurt his political career. He said that political activists associated with GBUM are being harassed and face political revenge. “Progressive leaders like Babajan and his dozens of fellows continue to linger in jail. There is complete censorship on freedom of speech and expression in Gilgit-Baltistan. Barring workers of Pakistan Peoples Party, all other political activists and social workers face harassment from government agencies.”

        Parwana requests the international community to pressure Pakistan to pay attention to human rights violations in the disputed territory of Gilgit-Baltistan, so that natives could live a free life, a life of their choice, and a life with dignity and basic rights. He warned that a large scale human catastrophe awaits us if international community fails to pay attention to political and constitutional impasse in Gilgit-Baltistan.

        Manzoor Parwana
        Chairperson of Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement
        November 20, 2011