Gilgit Baltistan Council adopts Pakistan Protection Ordinance to try Chilas, Nanga Parbat tragedy culprits

Gilgit, December 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Gilgit Baltistan Council Friday adopted the Pakistan Protection Bill for speedy trial of the criminals involved in the firing incidents that took place in Chilas and Nanga Parbat and other heinous crimes including kidnap for ransom and sectarian killings.

The terrorists had killed 11 foreign tourists in Nanga Parbat and a military colonel, captain and SSP in Chilas. The bill was adopted on the direction of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who chaired the Council meeting that also passed the Council’s budget worth Rs826.602 million besides other 26 bills on various subjects.

This is the first visit of the Prime Minister to Gilgit since he assumed office in June. It is also for the first time that the Prime Minister, being the council’s chairman chaired its session in the area.

Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister lauded the arrest of 11 culprits including the mastermind and congratulated the Chief Minister, the district management and other law enforcement agencies who contributed to ensure nabbing of the culprits. Chief Secretary GB apprised the meeting that out of total 18, seven culprits were being traced.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan Protection Bill law would ensure speedy trial of the culprits involved in the serious offenses like terrorism and sectarian killings. He asked the GB government to make special courts under the law, appoint special judges, and try the arrested culprits in these courts.

These courts will provide quick hearing and decide such cases, PM added. He said the new law also allows the judge to hear the case while wearing the mask and also provides for inter-provincial transfer of prisoners. Prime Minister said that the findings of the Joint Investigation Team would also be admissible before the court and the decisions of this court could only be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also directed the GB government to raise a modern anti-terrorism force on the pattern of Pakistan’s government and recruit the capable individuals. They should be trained on modern grounds on techniques to fight anti-terrorism and provided latest weapons, PM directed. This measure will also provide jobs to hundreds of local youngsters as well as enhance the security measures along KKH and in the region, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister expressed his resentment over slow acquisition process of land for Diamer Bhasha Dam and said the task was supposed to be accomplished by December. He directed the minister concerned to take up the issue with WAPDA to ensure release of funds for the purpose. The Minister informed the meeting that four teams have been deputed to acquire the land and if funds were released timely, the acquisition could be completed within two months.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said once executed, the mega project of trade corridor between Khunjrab and Gwadar would bring prosperity and economic progress in Gilgit Baltistan and other provinces.

He said the ongoing project of Dimaer Bhasha Dam will also prove beneficial for the people of the area and added that the government was striving to simultaneously execute the projects of Bonji and Diamer dams. Prime Minister also approved setting up of a cardiac hospital in Gilgit and increase in number of flights to Gilgit as proposed by the council members.

Earlier, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Birjis Tahir presented the annual budget of the council. He apprised the meeting that the budget contained development budget worth Rs325 million, non-development budget of Rs501.602 million.

The Minister informed that the revenue target for 2013-14 is Rs. 543.613 million. Federal Minister also put forth various suggestions to the Prime Minister including the 10 percent increase in the salaries of GB Council, establishment of export processing zone, security of Silk Route, construction of Babusar Tunnel, increase in number of PIA flights and budget for rehabilitation of communication infrastructure.

Ch M Barjis Tahir Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and GB, Pir Karam Ali Shah Governor GB, Syed Mehdi Shah, CM GB, Captain ® Safdar Member GB Council and other members of the council attended the meeting. The council members warmly welcomed the Prime Minister on his arrival in their area and also lauded his devotion for the prosperity of the area.

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