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Aliabad shooting incident: Court sentences three people to 10 years in prison

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Hunza IDPs murderA court has sentenced three people involved in the 2011 Aliabad, Hunza, incident to 10 years in prison, reports said Monday.

The verdict was reportedly announced by Justice Syed Faisal of the Anti-Terrorism Court No. 2. The convicts have been identified as Mohammad Ali, Riaz and Shams. They were booked along with dozens of others for a number of charges, including arson, uprising and destroying government assets.

Law enforcers opened fire on a demonstration held by Attabad landslide IDPs in Aliabad in Aug. 2011, killing Sherullah Baig and his son Afzal Baig, 22. The incident prompted when law enforcers moved in to to clear the KKH for CM Mehdi Shah, who was on his tour to Hunza at the time of the demonstration.

The killing of Sherullah and his son triggered violence across Hunza. Fiery protestors attacked police stations in Aliabad and set ablaze some parts of it. Angry protestors also attacked the police station in Gulmit.

The cruel police action was condemned by almost all segments of the society and demonstrators took to the roads across Gilgit-Baltistan to demand justice for the murdered father and his son. However, the police officer who ordered the shooting received a promotion for his action.

It is pertinent to mention here that a judicial inquiry was launched into the police action against the peaceful demonstrators; however, government bureaucrats appear to have impeded publication of the inquiry report.

Reports say that Progressive Youth Front (PYF) member, Baba Jan, has demanded the judicial inquiry report to be made public and has said that those responsible for murder of the Sherullah and his son must be brought to justice. Mr. Jan was also held for the same incident under allegations of treachery; however, he was set free in April, following about a year in imprisonment.

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