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Gilgit-Baltistan Movement Leader Arrested by Pak Army

PTI | Washington | Jul 31, 2011 PRINT SHARE COMMENTS

Manzoor Parwana, Chairman of Gilgit Baltistan United Movement (GBUM), has been arrested for demanding withdrawal of Pakistani forces and supporting the refugees from Ladakh in the region, an advocacy group here claimed today.

Parwana was held during a concerted operation of Pakistan's law enforcement, Pakistani Rangers, Khyber Rifles and secret service personnel on July 28 when he had just finished addressing the annual convention of Balawaristan National Students Organisation (BNSO) in Gilgit, the US-based advocacy group 'Gilgit Baltistan National Congress' said in a statement.

According to the FIR, he was arrested for expressing support for the refugees of Ladakh in Gilgit Baltistan who want opening of the Line of Control and demanding reinstatement of State Subject Rule in the region, withdrawal of Pakistani security forces from there and basic human rights for the people, it said.

The GBUM headed by Parwana demands a fully autonomous state consisting of Gilgit and Baltistan, also known as the Northern Areas.

Filed On: Jul 31, 2011 13:31 IST , Edited On: Jul 31, 2011

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