Call for revival of peace, sectarian harmony in NAs
22 August 2005
The News International
Gilgit: Speakers of 'peace conference' called on the people of area to forge unity among their ranks and help the administration to revive peace and harmony in the area that has suffered at the hands of anti- social elements from the beginning of the year. The 'peace conference' was first of its kind in the series of initiatives taken by the administration and the political circles to normalise the tensed situation in Gilgit and its suburbs, where hundreds of people were killed in sectarian violence since January last. 'Let us promise today that we will never give in to those bent on destroying the peaceful atmosphere of the region,' they said amid tight security ensured by police and other law enforcement forces. The speakers, mostly political figures belonging to various parts of the Northern Areas, stressed upon the need to maintain peace and tranquillity in the city where millions of rupee were being spent daily on law enforcing agencies present in Gilgit to check the insurgency. 'How is it possible that we make any headway in such circumstances,' they questioned referring to the existing situation of the area. The people of the remote areas are looking towards us for the guidance, but we are fighting each other,' they added. 'We must end this if we want to progress'. Hundreds of local people turned up in the old Ghari Bag to listen to their leaders Saturday. The administration made announcements in advance to make the event a success. The speaker of Northern Areas Legislative Council was the chief guest on the occasion while the deputy chief executive and a number of other renowned politicians of legislative council and others bodies and institutions delivered speeches focusing on the law and order situation and for the sectarian harmony. Among those spoke on the occasion included Malik Miskeen, the Speaker NALC, Mir Ghazanfer, the deputy chief executive, a prominent religious leader Maulana Nazirullah, Syed Yahya Shah, member NALC, Hafizur Rehman, member NALC, Mirza Hussain, member NALC, Major (Retd) Hussain Shah, former home secretary, Saeed Ahmed Khan, Vice chairman Municipal Committee, and others.