A High level police unit set up which is been named as “High Altitude Police” (HAP) has been established for the first time by the Gilgit-Baltistan police, stated a press release issued on Sunday.
It is been set up on the orders of the newly-appointed police chief of Gilgit-Baltistan, Captain (retd) Zafar Iqbal Awan. “Its main duty will be to give foolproof security to foreign mountaineers,” said the press release. “In its first phases, the unit will include 50 police officials while 50 more will be appointed later.”
According to the press release, Awan also handed 12 particular kits for policemen to Diamer SP Rauf Qaisarani at a ceremony in Gilgit. Talking on the occasion, the police chief said the extraordinary kits will help police officials endure frostbite while on high altitude.
“Officials allied with the HAP unit should be expectant to wear these kits rather than their police uniform,” Awan said.
In June 2013, gunmen dressed as paramilitary forces had stormed into the Nanga Parbat base camp and killed 10 foreign mountaineers and their local guide.