July 28, 2011

GILGIT BALTISTAN: Manzoor Hussain Parwana, Chairman GBUM, arrested

Manzoor Hussain Parwana, Chairman GBUM (Gilgit Baltistan United Movement) has been arrested by Gilgit City Police after his speech in the convention of BNSO (Balawaristan National Students Organization) today on 28th July 2011. The people of this region fear that he will be handed over to ISI and his life in under threat. He was already framed in sedition charges by the occupation regime of Pakistan, because he was exposing Pakistan Forces and their intelligence agencies illegal activities in Gilgit Baltistan.

His newspaper weekly Kargil International was banned few years ago when he published interviews of the NLI (Northern Light Infantry) soldiers who were used as mercenaries against India in Kargil war in 1999 by General Musharraf, by terming them as Mujahideen. Later he (Musharraf) himself confessed that misadventure by giving awards to those who were killed on Kargil mountains. In that war also he did accept the dead bodies of some Pakistani but denied to accept the dead bodies of the soldiers of Gilgit Baltistan in spite of the offer by government of India to take the dead bodies of NLI soldiers, whose bodies have been buried temporarily on the mountains of Kargil.

Its Pakistan occupied area, where pro-Pakistani political parties and religious parties are free to address the public while nationalist parties who oppose the Pakistani occupation are under serious threat and their right of speech and free movement and political activities are restricted by all cruel acts. In the last elections of 2009 for the so-called empowerment package, the candidates of GBDA (Gilgit Baltistan Democratic Alliance) were arrested and some were sent exile by force, while the prop-Pakistani parties were freed to right on their will.
We appeal the UN and Human Rights organizations to take urgent action to save his life.

Abdul Hamid Khan
Balawaristan National Front (BNF)
Head Office: Majini Mahla, Gilgit, Balawaristan (Pakistan & China Occupied Gilgit Baltistan)
Website: www.balawaristan.net
Email: balawaristan@gmail.com
Ph: 0032 22311750

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