GILGIT TRIBUNE

Voice of the Mountain People

PM hints foreign hand in Gilgit Baltistan violence; says 90pc area people peaceful

Posted by Gilgit Tribune on September 30, 2009

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday did not rule out the involvement of foreign hand in the recent incidents of violence in Gilgit-Baltistan, saying the area is generally peaceful with no issues of terrorism and law and order.Addressing a press conference winding up his two-day official visit to the country’s serene north, the Prime Minister said the area was inherently peaceful and the people of all sects lived in harmony.

He said 90 percent of the people of Gilgit Baltistan wanted peace in the area and the local ulema had assured to play their role in this regard.

Gilani directed Qamar Zaman Kaira, Acting Governor Gilgit Baltistan to set up an inter-faith harmony committee and asked the Inspector General to put a ban on the display of weapons, so as to ensure that no such incidents occur in future.

On Kashmir issue, the Prime Minister said composite dialogue with India was the only way forward for the resolution of all outstanding issues.

He said Pakistan had been making serious efforts to resume the dialogue process with India after the Mumbai incident and mentioned his meetings with Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in Colombo and Sharm el Sheikh in this regard.

He said there could be a possibility of another meeting between the two prime ministers on the sidelines of Commonwealth summit in November.

When asked if Kerry Lugar bill will be discussed in the parliament, the Prime Minister said, “Parliament is supreme and we are ready to discuss any issue at this forum.”

However, he said it was too early to discuss the Bill since it had yet to be passed by the US Congress.

On drone attacks, the Prime Minister termed it “counter-productive”, adding that Pakistan had been trying to convince the world and the United States that the strategy should be revised.

“We have instead demanded to provide us drone technology so that we can take action ourselves on any credible information,” he said.–APP

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