Published On: Sat, Jan 4th, 2014
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Elements involved in Chillas, Nanga Parbat terrorism arrested

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ISLAMABAD: Secretary Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Shahid ullah Baig has briefed National Assembly’s standing committee for Kashmir and Baltistan Affairs about arrest of majority of terrorist elements involved in Chillas and Nanga Parbat tragedies.

The committee chaired by Malik Abrar Ahmad on Friday was also assured of arresting remaining seven terrorists as soon as possible , while among three arrested include, Habib s/o Yaseen, Hazrat Bilal s/o Munir Shah, and Qadeerullah s/o Syed Hussain Shah , who had brought shame and disrepute to federation on international level.

Similarly terrorists involved in Chillas tragedy, which included Mushtaq Ahmad, Hamid ullah, Liaqat, Rahmat ullah, Muhammad Nabi and Dilbar Khan had also been arrested.

The committee was also briefed that approval for deploying a special police force at various check posts to tackle terrorist acts , making Karakoram Highway a safer place to travel, had been made.

Expressing government’s special resolve to ensure a solution for the core issue of Kashmir, according to the aspiration of Kashmiris, Birjees Tahir said that Kashmir issue would be resolved at earliest.

Briefing the committee about the structure of ministry for Kashmir & Gilgit- Baltistan, secretary Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Shahid ullah Baig said that the ministry employed 106 persons, out of which 29 were officers and 58 were staff members.

He also informed the committee that the ministry had an allocated budget of Rs 3517, 114 million, while PM, Pakistan was always the chairman of AJK council , and President AJK was always the vice chairman ; while 5 members were taken from federal government, and 6 from AJK Assembly.

The secretary also briefed the committee about Daimer-Bhasha dam project, having a generation capability of 45MWs, costing Rs 1259 billion, with an acquired land covering 37, 419 acres.

Briefing the committee about Prime Minister’s tour of Gilgit-Baltistan, he said that a cadet college had been inaugurated there, 124 kilometer of Karakoram Highway and

Neelum-Thoot Road, connecting to Naran-Kaghan is undergoing repairs; while work on Lipa tunnel has also commenced. Among other projects in AJK include Muzaffarabad – Rawalpindi Railway track and feasibility report for Muzaffarabad and Rawalakot airports; besides more flights for Gilgit- Baltistan.

During an interesting moment, PTI’s Shireen Mazari asked about the difference between standing committee for Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs and Special committee for Kashmir Affairs; whence member Abdul Ghaffar Dogar said that she rather wanted to convey her desire to retain Malik Abrar as chairman instead of Maulana Fazl Ur Rehman. However upon persistence of Shireen Mazari to address the issue, the matter was rather parried away.
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