Gilgit: Dozens of buses, coasters and vans wait at a security check post in Diamer District. PT Photo
Gilgit, March 15: The promises of “enhanced security measures” on the Karakuram Highway have appeared to be nothing more than rhetoric and gimmicks, as reported by passengers.
“There is no visible deployment of forces in the Kohistan region”, a passenger who wished to remain unidentified told Pamir Times. “The passengers as stopped for several hours in middle of the road, till dawn”, he said.
“We were stopped at Thalichi for hours”, the passenger said. He complained that the government instead of enhancing the security has resorted to imposing restrictions on bus operators and passengers.
The government maintains that these harsh measures are imperative for protection of the passengers.
The Kohistan administration has, allegedly, refused to provide security to the hundreds of buses and vans passing through the Karakruam Highway during night time, moving between Gilgit, Skardu and Rawalpindi.
There are also reports that bus operators in Rawalpindi and Gilgit have been barred from sending vehicles during the night time.