- The chief minister has sought details of the incident from the police "as the facts of the case are not yet clear."
- According to the CTD, five personnel, including an SP, were killed and four others were injured in the incident.
- The other two people killed in the raid were identified as Izharullah and his brother-in-law, Basharat Hussain.
Five policemen and two others were killed in a raid by Pakistan’s Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Monday in the Chilas area of Diamer district in Gilgit-Baltistan. The caretaker Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan has also set up a high-level commission to investigate the incident.
The raid was followed by a protest on Karakoram Highway by the families of the two people killed yesterday. The demonstrators also reportedly protested outside the Diamer SP office.
According to Faizullah Faraq, spokesman for the caretaker government of Gilgit-Baltistan, the chief minister has sought details of the incident from the police “as the facts of the case are not yet clear.”
SP Diamer Sher Khan told the reporters that the protesters had been assured that the investigation into the incident would be entirely on merit, and that anyone found guilty would be dealt with according to the law. The protesters called off the protest.
SP Sher Khan said police are investigating the incident from every angle. According to the CTD, five personnel, including an SP, were killed and four others were injured in the incident.
The other two people killed in the raid were identified as Izharullah and his brother-in-law, Basharat Hussain. According to the victim’s family, they both lived in the same house where the CTD team raided.
Muhammad Afzal, a relative of the slain Izharullah, told the reporters that his cousins were studying at Namal University in Islamabad and had returned to Chilas after the university was closed due to the epidemic.
According to Mohammad Afzal, the incident took place between Monday and Tuesday night, and his mother, sister, and brother-in-law were also present in the house, along with Basharat Hussain and Izharullah.
Rejecting the CTD’s position, Mohammad Afzal said:
“According to Izharullah’s mother, someone knocked on the door at around 2 am. Since she was awake at that moment, she went to the door and asked who it was. A woman’s voice came from outside saying, ‘We are your neighbors. There is a problem in the house. Open the door.'”
Mohammad Afzal added, quoting Izharullah’s mother, “When the door opened, two masked women and four policemen pushed him into the house and asked him to search their belongings.”
He added, Izharullah’s mother wanted to argue with him and said that her children were sleeping in the house and tried to find out what was the matter. Then she got fed up and told the police to get out of the house.
Mohammad Afzal says that according to Izharullah’s mother, the sounds of firing started coming from the yard. “When I went out, Izharullah and Basharat Hussain were both covered in blood, and according to him, “all the policemen there were also lying on the ground.”
After the incident, Tahir Malik, a lecturer at Namal University in Islamabad, wrote in a tweet, quoting his student Izharullah, that he “found Izhar always polite, peaceful and a serious student. Last night, the Gilgit CTD police broke into his house and declared him a terrorist and killed him.” He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident.
Haji Rehmat Khaliq, former parliamentary secretary of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly and senior deputy chief of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Gilgit-Baltistan, lamented the incident, saying “the bloodshed was unbearable and highly reprehensible.”