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Hunza Five’s bail petitions: half the battle won!

June 26, 2012

According to information received from Comrade Ehsan Ali, counsel representing the Hunza Five, the bail petitions relating to charges brought against the five comrades under the Anti-Terrorism Act for protesting the killings of Sher Afzal Baig and Sherullah Baig on August 11, 2011, have been accepted.

Comrade Ehsan Ali, himself a member of the International Socialists and the president of the Gilgit Bar Association, expects the same positive result from the bail hearing scheduled for tomorrow (June 27, 2012), with respect to the charges of rioting in Gilgit jail on April 26, 2012.

We are all overjoyed that our efforts have started paying off and the rigid hold of the Gilgit-Baltistan colonial regime is weakening.

We resolve to continue the campaign with renewed vigour, leading up to the mass protest in Islamabad on July 6, 2012.

This is the time to press home the advantage and to demand, not just that these fabricated charges be dropped but that the suppressed recommendations of the GB regime’s own judicial inquiry into the Aliabad killings be presented before the people for debate and validation. This is the time to demand that the entire chain of command involved in the killing of two innocent citizens be dismissed from service and charged with murder.

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