Govt sets up tribunal to investigate sectarian riots
GILGIT: The government set up a tribunal on Tuesday to investigate bloody sectarian riots 10 days ago here in which 17 people were killed after an assassination bid on a Shia leader, officials said.
The chief of the Northern Areas’ apex court, Raja Jalaluddin, will head the tribunal tasked to submit its finding to the federal government in a month, a senior administration official told AFP.
Meanwhile, local police chief Sakiullah Tareen told AFP six men were taken into custody for their suspected involvement in the January 8 riots in Gilgit.
Local military officials said General Ahsan Saleem Hayat, the vice chief of army staff, visited Gilgit and was briefed on security arrangements. The authorities also relaxed a curfew imposed since the riots, down to six hours from 7am to 1pm. The curfew in Skardu was also relaxed for three hours from 9am to 12pm. The Skardu curfew will be relaxed for six hours from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday. agencies