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.