BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Military courts in Gilgit – Baltistan (G-B) have been established under national action plan [NAP] to try initially three cases relating to terrorism, said inspector general of police on Thursday.
In an exclusive interview captain (Retd) Zafar Iqbal Awan said all those cases fulfilling the criteria under NAP against terrorism would be tried in the courts which have been setup a week ago.
“Initially three cases have been referred to the military courts,” said IGP, without explaining further which cases those were.
“In the coming days all those cases meeting the criteria set under NAP would be shifted to those courts,” he said when asked if sectarian motivated cases would also be heard by the military courts.
As part of Ashura security plan, G-B government has decided to suspend mobile service in G-B on Saturday and traffic between G-B and Rawalpindi on and Friday and Saturday.
“The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to ensure security,” said the IGP.
The IGP accepted threats from certain groups existed but said the nefarious designs of the troublemakers would be foiled at all costs.
Police trained and sophisticated equipment available with police, said Awan, adding morale of the police force has also been high owing to the measures.
Recently more than 350 police men have trained under army supervision ensuring better performance in violent times.
Police on Thursday achieved a major breakthrough after two sects in Hunza district agreed in writing to remain peaceful on the day of Ashura.
“This is really a breakthrough which will have a positive impact on rest of the region in future,” said IGP referring to a peace deal brokered by the government between Ismaili and Shiites over a procession route in Hunza town. Earlier the two groups had opposing views on the issues which had threatened peace in the region.
“We are thankful to the people, clerics, members of peace committees and masajid board for that.”
Speaking on the importance of discipline, Awan said at least 16 policemen have been fired for showing laxity in duty. Likewise those performed efficiency have been awarded with cash awards and certificates, he added.
In one year, police also arrested over 100 men involved in heinous crimes and were declared absconders by courts, he added.