July 2003 News

Gilgit police chief rescued after 12-hour siege

2 July 2003
The Daily Times
Staff Report

GILGIT: Gilgit Police contingents and the Frontier Constabulary (FC) rescued Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Faizan Safdar from Naltar on Wednesday. He was trapped for 12 hours in Nomal village as all exits were besieged by protestors. The SSP had allegedly beaten and suspended his driver, Manzoor Hussain, resident of Nomal, over an argument on Monday, said the sources. On Tuesday he was going to Naltar via Nomal on a private visit when the roads were blocked by approximately 100 people protesting beating and suspension of Manzoor Hussain. They also burnt tyres in protest.The driver also accused Mr Safdar of criticising his sect which resulted in a sectarian argument. This provoked him to retaliate against the SSP, an eyewitness said. The SSP's official vehicle was also damaged but it could not be established whether that was due to the assault or accident. The high police officials dismissed the sectarian factors behind the feud. Deputy Inspector General Of Police Northern Areas Haji Mir Afzal Khan said the incident was not related to sectarianism and instead was a result of personal disagreement between the police officer and his driver. The Shiite leader Agha Ziauddin Rizvi reached Nomal valley and helped people call off their strike which paved the way for exit of SSP Faizan Safdar from Naltar to Gilgit around 630 pm.


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