33 persons snatched in GB riots recovered
GILGIT: As a result of successful negotiations between the government officials and the kidnappers, around thirty–three people who were snatched during riots in Hunza Valley have been recovered safely, reported a private TV channel on Tuesday. The news channel quoting sources said the captors released the abductees after official negotiators brought them around successfully. The abductees were released from Nagar and would reach their homes in Gilgit soon.
A civil judge and a health officer are also among the released persons. Sources also said that all the people recovered are in good health. During April 3 riots, more than 20 people were killed in Gilgit and Chilas in sectarian attacks. Several vehicles were also torched.INP adds: People of Gilgit and other districts of Gilgit Baltistan province continue to suffer due to uncertain law and order situation and curfew that enters the eighth day on Tuesday. People rushed out during curfew relaxation hours to stock up on commodities.
Apart from Gilgit, Skardu, Chilas and some other cities were also in grip of tension which has paralysed the life and business activities in most areas of the province. Suspension of mobile phone service has created difficulties for citizens to contact relatives and family members residing in other parts of the country. Meanwhile, educational institutions and business activities in several areas especially in Gilgit remained suspended on Tuesday. According to reports there is an extreme shortage of edible items, POL products and water as movement of traffic on the KKH has become extremely dangerous. During curfew relaxation hours citizens rushed to markets to get commodities but had to return disappointed as the stocks were exhausted and fresh supplies were not in sight. However, the law and order situation in areas other than Gilgit city has started returning to normal..