The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information and Public Relations,
Mian Iftikahr Hussain while terming the incidents of Kohistan and Lulusar an
open terrorism, has said that the terrorists were trying to give impression of
communal riots to their terrorist activities for fulfilling their nefarious
design. He however said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit
Baltistan betterly knew their sinister designs and they with grace of Almighty
Allah, successfully foil the negative design of the terrorists.
This he said while talking to the
Chief Minsiter Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah at Gilgit the other day. The
Minister while sympathizing with the Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan and people
of Gilgit Baltistan on behalf of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
provincial government and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, maintained that the
people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were in the grip of sorrow over the above untoward
incidents and they were with them in this critical stage.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Syed Mehdi Shah were unanimous that people of
both the provinces stationed in their respective areas, would be given full
protection. The Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan on this occasion announced of
sending a high level delegation to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for permanent safety of
Karakuram Highway which would meet the Chief Minister, Governor and other high
ups of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They were also agreed that the Chief Ministers
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan would jointly meet the Prime
Minsiter of Pakistan in this regard.
The Information Minister continued, after occurrence of the said
incidents, the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa convened the meeting on law
and order and on the spot sanctioned 270 posts and four mobile vehicles for the
safety of Karakuram Highway in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter and 120 out of
270 retired army personnel have been recruited while appointment of the
remaining 150 was in the pipeline.
The Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, while tanking the government of
Khyber Pakht8unkhwa for sympathizing and compensating the Shuhda-e-Kohistan and
Lulusar, said that the people of Gilgit Baltistan were happy over the steps of
the Govt: of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and it would prove helpful in reducing tension
in the area. He said that such contacts between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit
Baltistan should continue in future also for stopping such sorrowful incidents.
Earlier, Mian Iftikhar distributed cheques of Rs. 3 lacs each among the
heirs of the Shuhada-e-Kohistan and Lulusar in the Office of the Chief
Secretary Gilgit Baltistan. He also met the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Ministers
and Members of the Gilgit Baltistan Assembly and discussed with them the issue
Meanwhile, the Information Minister also met the people of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, stationed there in connection with their business and stressed
upon them to be aware of the anti state elements who were destroying the
peaceful atmosphere of Gilgit Baltistan.