Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Manzoor parwana Arrest deplored

GILGIT: In order to conceal its own failures and misdeeds and afraid of the rising popularity of nationalist parties, the government of Pakistan is perpetrating injustices on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and arresting local leaders without any justification.

This was stated by the participants of a meeting attended by leaders of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) and the Balawaristan National Students Organization (BNSO) here.

The meeting said one example of the arbitrary and illegal actions against nationalist leaders in the region was the arrest by elite police and Rangers of Manzoor Hussain Parwana, the chairman of Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement in Gilgit the other day.

The participants of the meeting said that the only crime Mr Parwana had committed was that during his recent public meetings he had spoken in support of the affected people of Kargil and Laddakh and demanded immediate withdrawal of mining licence awarded to Mohsin Industries in Gilgit-Baltistan.

The participants of the meeting demanded that Mr Parwana should be released without any delay otherwise the government would be responsible for any untoward incident.

Speaking on the occasion, former chairman of the BNSO Khurshid Alam said that Pakistan had continued its injustices with the two million people of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said the people of the region were even not allowed the right of expression and their resources were being plundered by outsiders.

The participants of the meeting warned the government of Pakistan to mend its ways otherwise the people of the region, especially the youth, will rise against it.

Meanwhile, people of Rondu held a protest gathering and deplored the arrest of Mr Manzoor Parwana. They asked the government to release the nationalist leader otherwise the masses would take to the streets against the blatant violation of human rights and illegal act of the rulers.

They said that Mr Parwana had been raising voice for the rights of the masses and the registration of a concocted case against him was an insult with the peaceful people of the region.

They said that if Mr Parwana was not released immediately, the people of the region would launch a movement for safeguard of their rights and against government’s continued violations of human rights.

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