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AFP
August 29, 2010

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Heavy arms cache recovered from Gilgit

GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan government has tightened noose around the perpetrators as Chief Minister Mehdi Shah has transferred 68 policemen to other districts on Saturday.
The chief minister has taken the decision after at least three policemen have been arrested in connection with murders of civilians. “Police is involved in sectarianism,” Shah told reporters the other day. Sources said that those transferred were in the ranks of ASI and bellow and they had been serving in one station for almost five years.
Meanwhile, in a search operation, security forces have recovered heavy arms and ammunition besides uniform of forces from the possession of people living in area of Nagral, new Nagral, Barmas, Khomer and Basin.
“If the officials didn’t shun their differences, they will have to face the music,” Mehdi Shah told reporters adding that results of their acts will come out soon.
The credibility deficit occurred following arrest of some policemen allegedly involved in the sectarian motivated murders of civilians led to make the decision of postings. Asad Zamin, Gilgit Deputy commissioner said that during the search operation, a retired police official of DSP ranks has also been arrested in connection with sectarian violence.
The force commander Gilgit-Baltistan Major-Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been regularly monitoring the situation and has taken strong exception to the complaints against police and the deteriorating law and order situation in the Giligt, credible sources said adding that he has asked the authorities not to show any leniency towards perpetrators.
Asad Zamin told reporters that not only that illegal arms and ammunition has been recovered from the possession of residents but also fake uniform of security forces. He said that government has collected information about those involved in sectarian skirmishes.
“They will soon realise what they were up to,” he said, adding that he had also information of officials keeping

their sects’ interest above other things.
Asad Zamin said that from now onwards, people resorting to aerial firing will be sent behind bars along with all his family members. We have been receiving tip off about such officials and soon will act against them,” he said and added that those arrested included some terrorists who have been arrested on solid grounds. “Strong cases will be filed against those committing crime on sect basis,” he said.

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