Skardu: Angry protesters raise slogans while protesting in front of Commissioner's office. Photo: Islam Times
April 4: Protest demonstrations were held in most districts of the Gilgit – Baltistan region one day after the 3rd April (03/04) incident, in which up to 18 people were killed in of Gilgit and Chilas.
A mammoth rally in Skardu was addressed by charged political and religious leaders who severely criticized the performance of Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, his cabinet and the law enforcing agencies. The speakers held the GB government responsible for the incident, blaming it of inaction in the wake of the February 18 Kohistan Carnage, in which 16 Shia Muslims were gunned down by terrorists.
The protesters in Skardu tried to march towards Gilgit but where stopped by the administration who have imposed section 144 of the constitution, banning assembly of people and carrying of arms. The protesters torched a fuel station and clashed with the police, injuring 5 police officials.
Protest demonstrations were also held in Rondu, Shigar, Gamba and Khaplu.
Protests demonstration were also held in Hunza – Nagar, Ghizar and Astore District where people condemned the violent incidents and demanded justice for the victims.
Curfew in Gilgit
Meanwhile, Gilgit city remained calm under strict curfew for the second consecutive day. The curfew has been extended to Danyore, a town located adjacent to Gilgit city, where a man was killed last night.