Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Pakistan will fail to silence me:Manzoor Parwana
Recently released from the prison, chairperson of Gilgit-Baltistan United Movement, Manzoor Hussain Parwana, has stated that he will continue his struggle for an independent Gilgit-Baltistan. He requested the UNO to intervene and take control of the law and order situation in the occupied region.
He was commenting on the targeted killing of two residents of Gilgit on august 29th, which has brought the entire city to a standstill. He said, "Looking at the worsening situation in Karachi, Pakistani regime has failed to maintain law and order in its own country. Yet, it aspires to expand its frontiers into Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Targeted killing has become a routine in Gilgit and Pakistani security forces and secret service agencies are directly involved in it. The situation in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan invites direct intervention from the UNO forces."
Like Manzoor Parwana, hundreds of other political activists of Gilgit-Baltistan remain either in prison or incognito fearing reprisal from Pakistani occupying regimes. Parwana was framed under sedition in 2004 for publishing a magazine called Kargil International, which revealed information about military's mishandling of Kargil war against India. Recently, he was arrested for demanding opening of the line of control and resumption of trade and travel between Ladakh and Gilgit-Baltistan.