March 2005 News

Man shot dead in Gilgit

10 March 2005
The Dawn
Our Correspondent

Gilgit: The law and order situation in the region deteriorated on Thursday when a person was shot dead in Bargu village, 23km west of here, during an exchange of fire, police sources said. Commander of 10 Corps Rawalpindi, Lt-Gen Salahuddin Satti, visited Gilgit and Skardu on Thursday and met various delegations. He sought proposals from the people on restoration of peace in the strife-stricken city, sources said. The police sources said the firing began early on Thursday between two groups, which killed Haider, son of Abdullah Khan. Police and army troops have started a search operation to arrest the culprits in the village, but no arrests were made till filing of this report. Three persons were killed in the village earlier apparently in sectarian incidents. Meanwhile, the two-day mourning announced by the Tanzim Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat, Northern Areas, paralyzed the business in Gilgit. It was a protest against the murder of education department official Muhammad Ayub. However, no untoward incident had been reported, police said. The Karakoram Highway remained closed for two days due to uncertain situation in Gilgit and traffic between Gilgit and Rawalpindi remained suspended. Law enforcement agencies are patrolling the city roads.


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