Gilgit, August 17: Fears of sectarian clash led to closure of the main bazaar in Gilgit city, as unidentified people, suspected to be sympathizers of Sipah-e-Sahaba, resorted to aerial firing after the news of Ali Sher Hyderi broke.
Employee of a private company told PT that heavy firing was going on outside his company’s office, located near Hunza Chowk. He said that protesters have blocked the roads and vehicles are not being allowed to pass through the Gilgit bazaar. “The markets have been closed because of fears of arson, riot and target killing”, he said.
Ali Sher Hyderi was shot dead along with one of his aides in Khairpur, Sindh, this morning. He was a leader of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba, a militant organization believed to be involved in sectarian killing and riots.