Vehicles can enter Gilgit Baltistan via Mansehra road only in convoys
MANSEHRA: The police have asked the motorists entering Gilgit-Baltistan through Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad Road to travel in convoys during the first 10 days of Muharram.
“We have restricted the movement of individual vehicles from Naran to Babusar Top until Ashura to prevent the 2012 incident in which 19 passengers were killed after being disembarked from coaches there,” district police officer Ahsan Saifullah told a news conference here the other day.
The DPO said vehicles bound for GB from KP via Mansehra-Naran-Jalkhad Road would be restricted in Naran and allowed to move only in convoys under tight security.
He said the ban on the individual movement of vehicles would be lifted most probably after Ashura.
Mr Saifullah said a foolproof security plan was in place for Muharram and the ban was part of it.
He said heavy contingents of security forces were deployed at the Karakoram Highway and therefore, such ban was not imposed there.
The DPO said leaves of police personnel and officers had been cancelled until 11th of Muharram.
He said the police had increased the security of Chinese nationals working on various projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project in the district.
Mr Saifullah said Afghan refugees living in Mansehra would be restricted to their respective camps and houses from 7th of Muharram to Ashura.
“We have the support of security forces to handle security emergencies on Ashura,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wapda purchased land and motel of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation for the staff working at the 4,300 megawatts Dasu hydropower project in Upper Kohistan and handed over a cheque of Rs28 million to its officials in Dasu.
“We have purchased 11 kanals of land and a motel, which will save us Rs283,000 every month,” Dasu dam general manger Javed Akhtar told a ceremony held in Dasu to give away the cheque to the PTDC.
Kohistan deputy commissioner Mohammad Asif and PTDC deputy manager Yar Mohammad were also in attendance.
Published in Dawn, September 23rd, 2017