Gilgit: A heavy contingent of police was deployed in the city initially soon after the violence broke out. Photo: Mon Digital
Gilgit/Islamabad, April 3: Situation in the capital of Gilgit – Baltistan was relatively normalized with arrival of Pakistan Army, after street fights and heavy firing that kept the city hostage for most of the day. Supported by GB Scouts and Rangers, Pak Army is patrolling streets in the city. Curfew has been imposed in to facilitate normalization of the law and order situation.
Earlier in the day at least 7 people were killed in different incidents after a protest rally organized by TAS was allegedly attacked by unknown people with hand grenades. Around 50 people were injured in sectarian clashes triggered by the early morning attack, which had injured two police officials among others.
People reported hearing heavy firing throughout the day, even after the curfew had been imposed. All markets and roads were closed and people remained confined to their houses.
Karakuram International University (KIU) closed – The region’s only university closed, yet again, for indefinite period due to the dangerous situation of law and order. Students of KIU are among the biggest victims of the city’s prolonged unstable condition.
Passengers, Professionals and Students Stranded – Hundreds of people, including students, professionals and commuters, are stranded due to the chaotic law and order situation and the subsequent imposition of curfew in Gilgit. A large number of students from the Karakuram University are forced to stay in Danyore because they could not enter the Gilgit city due to imposition of curfew. Passengers have, meanwhile, taken refuge in different hotels around the General Bus Stand.