GILGIT  - Two employees of the Special Communication Organisation (SCO) were kidnapped from the Derail Valley of Diamer District. 

According to police sources, at least a dozen alleged terrorists took part in the kidnapping incident. They reportedly tied the watchman of the cellular company’s tower with ropes and took the two SCO employees namely engineer Essa, resident of Gilgit and operator Amjad Hussain, resident of Astor along with them. The SCO, which is part of the Pakistan Army, is providing telecommunications services in the region.

Inspector General of police Gilgit-Baltistan Zafer Iqbal Awan visited the area and launched a search operation in the Darail Valley of Diamer District.

Member GBLA Muhammad Shafi raised the issue in Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly. He said that this was the result of negligence and failure of G-B police as well as the G-B provincial government. “Kidnapping of army employees is a serious issue,” he added.

Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly constituted a seven-member parliament committee comprising Opposition leader Haji Shah Baig, Deputy Speaker Jafarullah, Minister Works Dr Iqbal, Minister for Forest Muhammad Wakeel, Minister for Excise and Taxation Ferman Ali, Minister for Food Haji Janbaz Khan and member Haider Khan to investigate the incident.

According to sources, the Federal Interior Ministry had already warned that a militants group might launch an attack or kidnap government officials to use them later as bargaining chip for the release of people detained for their alleged involvement in the Nanga Parbat Base Camp attack a couple of years back. The G-B government increased security of jails and other important security installations.