Jirga okays peace proposals to end Gilgit violence
7 November 2005
The Daily Times
Gilgit: The grand jirga that held its session on Monday approved a number of proposals to maintain peace in Gilgit, including unlocking the sealed mosques of both Sunni and Shia communities and to release all people detained under the maintenance of public order (MPO).According to Mirza Hussain, the jirga spokesman, who is also the Northern Areas Legislative Council (NALC) member, said it was agreed in the session that both the communities would not be allowed to use mosques for political and electioneering purposes. He said no body would be allowed to set up any office within the premises of the mosques in future.He said a six-member committee headed by the deputy commissioner of Gilgit would monitor the activities of the mosques. He said it was agreed that the jirga itself will proceed against the violators of these directions and the aggrieved party will not act on its own. He said the victims of the sectarian killings since January 8 will be compensated. He said action will be taken against the groups-individuals using sectarian cover, slogans and cards to contest elections of NALC and local bodies. The recommendations of the jirga would be accorded a legal status through the NALC and would be signed by chief executive of the Northern Areas.