After a recent spate of sectarian violence broke out in Gilgit, Baltistan, the government imposed Section 144* as riot control. The sectarian violence in Gilgit has cost over 16 lives and injured over 50. Communication plays an essential role during a time of distress, ensuring unarmed civilians are able to communicate and remain updated with the situation. However, on the orders of the Interior Minister Rehman Malik, mobile phone services have been jammed in Gilgit. In addition to a curfew being imposed, mobile services have also been suspended indefinitely. Ironically the interior ministry sees this as an effective method of riot control.
All renowned Shia and sunni Ulmas have appealed for peace in GB. The switching oft he mob phone service disrupted the evil designs of criminals
— Rehman Malik (@SenRehmanMalik) April 4, 2012
|144*.||Joining unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapon:
Whoever, being armed with any deadly weapon, or with anything which, used as a weapon of offence, is likely to cause death, is a member of an unlawful assembly/shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both