Kohistan Carnage: More protest demonstrations held across Gilgit-Baltistan

shiitenews agha rahat gilgiThousands of people converged into a procession at the historical Jamatkhana Bazar on friday to record their protest against the murder of sixteen people in Kohistan the other day. The protesters came out in large numbers after the Friday prayers were offered.
According to the Shiite News Correspondent, The procession was addressed by religious and political leaders, including Quaid-e-Millat Jaffaria Gilgit-Baltistan Agha Syed Rahat Hussain Al-Hussaini, Allama Sheikh Mirza Ali of Shia Ulema Council and MLA Deedar Ali.
The speakers in Gilgit demanded of the government to arrest the culprits within seven days, as promised, and fulfill the six more demands presented in a charter. Failing this, the speakers threatened, would lead to severe protests and sit-ins across the region.
In Skardu, Maulana Sheikh Jafari demanded that the state-subject rule should be reenacted to decrease the influence of non-local people in GB. He made the demand while addressing a Juma congregation.
Protests were also held in Chilas to condemn the massacre.Speaker in Chilas demanded of the government to arrest the killers and bring them to justice. They said that the massacre is part of an international conspiracy aimed at fanning of sectarian disharmony in the geo-strategically sensitive region.
In Hunza – Nagar, demonstrations were held in Sikandarabad, Aliabad, Thole, Nagar Khas and Saas Valley.
Kharmang: People march towards Kargil, demand opening of road and punishment for terrorists
Thousands of people have started marching towards Kargil, while protesting against the murder of sixteen people in Kohistan, according to a report in a regional daily (Baadeshimal). The newspaper report states that the protesters are demanding opening of the Skardu-Kargil road for trade.
The protesters, reportedly, have expressed dissatisfaction over the security situation on the Karakuram Highway where sixteen people belonging to the Shia sect were target killed the other day.
It is pertinent to note that the Karakuram Highway is currently the only established route between Gilgit – Baltistan and other parts of the country.
Almost four thousand protesters are staying for a night at a place called Tarkati, according to the report.
The protesters have, reportedly, threatened to continue their march till an official decision is taken regarding opening of the Skardu-Kargil road.
A sense of insecurity has gripped the Gilgit – Baltistan due to repeated incidents of road blockade due to natural and other causes. The sense of insecurity, apparently, has increased manifolds due to the recent murder of innocent passengers.
The government, on its part, has assured the people of GB that steps are being taken to secure the vital road link. Interior Minister had the other day announced that a special patrolling force is being launched to protect the passengers. Chief Minister Mehdi Shah has also, reportedly, said that deployment of forces along the KKH is being considered.


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