Anniversary of 1988 tragedy observed

Weekly Bang-e-sahar Saturday, May 31—–June 6, 2008
By Our Correspondent
GILGIT: The 20th anniversary of the 1988 tragedy was observed at Central Imamia Masjid Gilgit. A large number of people attended the gathering. Speaking on the occasion, Agha Syed Rahat Husain Al-Husaini, Sheikh Mirza Ali and Sheikh Ghulam Hyder Najfi said despite passage of 20 long years the perpetrators of the crime have not been exposed. They said in order to ensure peace in the region it is imperative that we should respect each other’s faith and belief. They said it was unjustified to put innocent people behind bars in connection with the June 3, 2004, January 8, 2007 and October 13 incidents. They said when arrested people in Balochistan and the NWFP were being released under the NRO, why not those arrested in the Northern Areas can be set free. They demanded that the government should free all innocent people without further delay. They also asked the government to make public the inquiry reports of 1988 and October 13 incidents and punish the perpetrators. The gathering also criticized alleged irregularities in appointment of security staff for the Chinese engineers by the police department and asked the government to cancel the hiring and appoint people on the basis of merit alone.

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