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High security alert sounded in GB depts

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GILGIT, sunday January 31, 2016 – The Interior Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has sent a security alert to the all departments of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) with the caution that threats are coming in from militant circles.
“There are complaints from the concerned quarters that the GB police deployed at Governor Secretariat and House, CM Secretariat and House and Civil Secretariat is not on duty. Security arrangements may be ensured at any cost,” reads the statement which has been addressed to G-B IGP.
He added that security of important buildings, including Governor Secretariat and House, CM Secretariat and House and civil Secretariat, DHQ hospital, airports, prisons, government offices, schools and colleges should be reviewed and enhanced.
In the light of the Interior Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan’s (GB) letter to all departments and security department, the department has also urged the police chief to take foolproof security measures in Gilgit and elsewhere in the region to thwart any terror activity.
Following the alert, security has been tightened in the city with law enforcement agencies checking people entering the region.
“We are keeping a close watch on the situation and the security plan for the region is being revisited daily,” said spokesman of GB police Mobarak Jan while talking to The Nation on Friday.
He said security has also been beefed up along the Karakoram Highway (KKH) to ensure safe passage.

Published in The Nation newspaper on 30-Jan-2016

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