Sunday, April 4, 2010

‘Shoot-to-kill’ orders in Gilgit

Curfew imposed in the city. Display of arms and mass gathering being strictly banned under section 144.

GILGIT, April 04, 2010: In the wake of recurring incidents of target killings in the town, authorities in Gilgit on Saturday issued “shoot-to-kill” orders to police against the miscreants disrupting peace in the recent past.

“Police have now the standing orders of shoot-to-kill. No more incidents of violence will be tolerated,” said Asad Zamin, Deputy Commissioner Gilgit, while addressing a press conference here. Superintendent of Gilgit police Ali Sher was also present on the occasion.

Two persons were killed and eight others wounded in separate incidents of target killings over the past four days in Gilgit and its surrounding areas, triggering a wave of fresh violence that haunted this region in the past too.

The killing of a woman in Basin, the suburbs of Gilgit, late Friday was the latest in a spate of violence in the recent days, prompting security forces to beef up their presence in the town.

The DC said the administration had the backing of the political government of Gilgit-Baltistan, which will show zero tolerance towards perpetrators of the heinous crime from now onwards.

“You will see the results in a few days,” he said while replying to criticism of journalists.

He said that the situation was under control but certain elements were behind such incidents who will be brought to book.

SP Gilgit Ali Sher said that 22 suspects had been arrested but regretted that people were not cooperating with the police in identifying the real culprits.

He said that 21 terrorism related cases were in the courts and added that pickets of security forces had been increased on sensitive points in the wake of violence.

Responding to a question, he said some ‘motivated elements’ had taken up the task of targeting the people in an attempt to ‘serve’ their respective sects.

“After an incident of target killing, such elements get activated to avenge the killing,” he said, urging the politicians to come forward to settle the differences among different groups.

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