Daesh in Gilgit City

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Daesh graffiti cerate panic………..
GILGIT: Of late graffiti welcoming what it said the
arrival of Islamic State (IS) to Gilgit-Baltistan, creating
panic among the people and putting law enforcement
agencies on their toes. “Nobody knows who did this;
people saw it in the morning and reported to the
police,” said a local. The wall-chalking was removed by
authorities immediately after it came to their notice, but
finding such graffiti in Gilgit perturbed residents who
believed it could be the work of someone aiming to
create unrest in the region. G-B has previously seen
violence triggered by sectarianism. “There is no place
for such an organisation in the region, but unfortunately
there are some elements who might want such a group,”
Abdul Gafoor, another resident, said, referring to the IS
which is also known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish. The
graffiti also gave authorities in G-B a reason to
scramble in worry. “This is to create panic in the region,
[or so] it seems to be at least for now,” a security official
said. He added it could be the work of people affiliated
with certain banned outfits who were involved in
terrorist activities. The official said intelligence sharing
was being strengthened to unmask the men behind the

graffiti. He added actions of “suspicious men” are also
being monitored to arrest the culprits. A case was
however registered with the Gilgit City police station.
“At the moment we have registered a case under the
anti-terrorism act,” Zahoor Ahmed, a City police an
official said. “We are investigating and will hopefully
get to those behind this act.” The IS graffiti first
appeared in Konodas, also in Gilgit, a year ago.
Regardless of the motive behind the message, many in
the area said the sight of wall-chalking welcoming a
terrorist organisation was unsettling.

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