Gilgit - Baltistan

6 buses torched in Chilas, 9 passengers killed, 200 safely returned to Gilgit

Chilas: One of the buses burnt near Chilas Photo: Mujeeb ur Rehman

Our Correspondents

Gilgit/Chilas/Islamabad, April 3: At least 9 passengers were killed by terrorists in Gonar Farm area close to Chilas today in reaction to a sectarian violence that erupted in Gilgit city this morning, leading to the death of up to 7 people, at the hands of terrorists.

The protesters in Chilas also burnt down six buses, pushing two of them in the Indus River, in a fit of rage! A Superintendent of Police and two of his guards were injured while trying to protect the passengers.

The tragic barbarism displayed by mobs in Gilgit and Chilas has left the entire country shocked. All political parties and social groups have strongly condemned the incident, demanding action against the culprits and a gradual return to normalcy. The Gilgit – Baltistan government and Law Enforcing Agencies are being severely criticized for their failure to protect the protesters in Gilgit and the passengers in Chilas.

Positive Role of Ulema and Leaders of Diamer

Meanwhile, a number of Ulema and leaders of Diamer have safely returned around 200 passengers, who had reportedly been kidnapped or “taken into protective custody” by the violent mob, to Gilgit. The support and protection provided by the Ulema and general public of Diamer has been hailed. However, there are also unconfirmed reports that some commuters are still in custody of the assailants who killed the innocent people today.

Public circles have appreciated the Ulema of Diamer for protecting the 200 innocent and unarmed passengers and ensuring their safe return to Gilgit. A source told Pamir Times that Ulema of Diamer accompanied the rescued commuters to Gilgit along with government officials. It is being said that if not for the efforts of some respected and neutral Ulema, the bloodshed could have gotten much worse.

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  1. This is really very unfortunate incident in Gilgit and it will cause to ignite the situation more. The GB government with the help of the security agencies and the public there should strive to restore peace in that area. The members of civil society should come forward and play their role in this regard. The terrorists need to identified and bring into book.

  2. every sensible and peace loving human being will condemn the killings in Gilgit and Kohistan and Chilas…خون کے دھبے دھلینگےکتنے برساتوں کے بعد

  3. very sad to know and Condemn this brutal act, this incident again realized me of the promises made for making the KKH safe and secure for journey hence proved the the complete failure of the security forces and the local administration of Gilgit Baltistan in maintaining law and order.

  4. We condemn in the strongest terms possible what are apparently vicious and cowardly acts from the people of Diamer against killing innocent Shia in near Chilas.

  5. plz stop this innocent bloodshed the nation if GB is begging for state of harmony

  6. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

    Assalam o Alaikum..!

    I beg you all that for Allah Subhanahu Wa Tha’allah’s sake, please forgive each other and please have some patience for Allah’s sake and bring back peace in Gilgit-Baltistan.

    These killings of any human being whether it be from any corner of this earth is never ever going to solve the problems of all, it would rather burn our beautiful motherland together with its people in entirity and would spread the virus of hatred in our clean Gilgit-Baltistan.

    May Allah Subhanahu Wa Tha’allah guide us all on the right path and bless us with peace which is the meaning of Islam.

    I would urge every single reader of this message to kindly copy it to as maximum people of our motherland as possible especially my message to our future leaders – the youth of Gilgit-Baltistan to get united and work on the frontline of this mission to bring peace and harmony among our simple and originally peaceful people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

    I propose a youth and professionals’ conventions at Gilgit-Baltistan level to discuss this menace of killings and hatred and devise a strategy to curb this virus from our historically ever clean land.

    With a cry and Tears of blood in eyes,

    Mehmood Hunzai

  7. It is very unfortunate whatever angle the current situtation in Gilgit-baltistan has turned into. It did not seem that it will turned so bad, but we must admit that the so called security and law enforcement agencies have completley been failed to over come the entire situation. A big question mark for those responsible for mainting and law and order situation…what a shame… The heaven on earth has turned into a hell

  8. All hearts are greatly saddened at this incident.I wish we realize the consequences before someone takes advantage of this vulnerability of GB. What if it turns into a man-made disaster.:( 🙁

  9. ye humary liye sabaq hai ki ab ek dusry ko bardasht karin! divide honey ke ye sub nuqsaanat hai! Ye Islam nai! tou awo chaly pehley muslman ki pehli sifaat Insniyaat ki ehmyaat ko samjye!

  10. Slam
    ya waqiya yazidiun ki nasil ki akasi kr rha ha aj bi yazidi nasil sir utha rhay ha khudara Hussainio ab to badar ho ja aw imam zamanay say istigasa kray ki ay mola ab to ajayiya ham babz ha hamari nusrat kray hamay sidha rasta dikhayiya

    ay zamanay kay Hussain ab aajiya
    alajal ya imam alajal ya imam

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