Curfew imposed in violence hit localities of Gilgit city
Law enforcing agencies launch search operation
With reporting by Abbas Wafa
Gilgit, August 25: Violence continued in the capital city of Gilgit – Baltistan region on the second consecutive day, bringing life to a complete standstll. The civil administration could not control the situation and had to imposed curfew in Nagaral, Yadgar Chowk and Kashrote area to restore law and order situation with the help of Pakistan Army and Rangers.
The law enforcing agencies with support from Pakistan Army have started search operations in different parts of the city to nab the culprits who have made the city a hostage to violence.
According to details heavy firing started in different parts of the city after a vehicle was attacked near Yadgar Chowk. Three houses were, reportedly, razed by arsonists in Nagaral and Yadgar Chowk area, prompting the authorities to impose curfew and launch a search operation.
The city has a history of sectarian violence dating back to the early 70’s. Sectarian violence intensified in the region after an organized attack in 1988 which saw the death of hundreds of people belonging to the Shia and Sunni sects. Several Ismailis have also been killed during different incidents in the past.
It is pertinent to note that the total geographical expanse of Gilgit city is not more than 10 square kilometers but the law enforcing agencies have constantly failed to maintain law and order in the region.
In a decision taken yesterday the interior minister, Rehman Malik, had handed over control of the Ranger and Police to Chief Minister of Gilgit – Baltistan to ensure law and order in the region.