Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Manzoor Parwana Welcome in Baltistan
A large number of people in Rondu welcomed Chairman Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement (GBUM) Manzoor Hussain Parwana when he arrived there after his release from the central jail Gilgit.
People from all walks of life including nationalist leaders from other areas of the region garlanded Parwana. Rose petals were showered on his motorcade as it passed through the streets of the town. The GBUM leader addressed public gatherings at two points and said his arrest and honorable release was a victory for the entire people of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said he was put behind bars for raising voice for the rights of the masses and against the injustices of the rulers.
He said when armed security personnel surrounded him outside a hotel to arrest him for his speech in Gilgit city, he realized that the movement launched by the nationalist parties was nearing victory. And your presence here today establish the fact that we will get our rights which have been denied to us for the last over six decades.
He said if raising voice against injustices and for the achievement of people's basic rights was a crime he would continue to commit it. The GBUM chief said that the rulers had thought that by intimidation and arm twisting, they could suppress the people of the region. However, he added, they would never succeed in suppressing the voice of the masses anymore.
Speaking on the occasion, nationalist leader Ghulam Shehzad Agha said that by ordering the arrest of Manzoor the Mehdi Shah government has established its anti-people policies. He said his arrest was aimed at suppressing the truth. He said Mehdi Shah government had failed in all fronts and to conceal his failures he was staging one drama after the other by arresting nationalist leaders.
Muslim League Rondu chapter's president Haji Suleman said that Manzoor was a brave son of Rondu and by remaining in jail he has proved that he will never leave the people of the region alone at times of trial and tribulation.
Balawaristan National Front (BNF) leader Aslam Inqilabi paid tributes to Mr Parwana and said that his sacrifice was a symbol of victory and determination for the nationalist parties in the region. He said people like Manzoor were a beacon of hope for the entire masses of the region.