Today the residents of Gilgit city had the liberty to walk out of their houses for two hours. The authorities had relaxed the curfew from 3 to 5 O’clock, during which the residents of Gilgit rushed to the markets to purchase edible and non-edible items. There was a lot of rush on shops selling LPG Gas Cylinders and edible items.
The people of Gilgit city, approximately 150,000 in numbers, have been confined to their houses since April 3, when the government authorities called in Pakistan Army to bring the deteriorated law and order situation into control. Up to 13 people were killed and around 60 injured on April 3rd when some people belonging to the Shia and Sunni groups clashed after a grenade exploded at a protest rally organized by the Tanzeem Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamat.
Pamir Times’ senior volunteer reporter, Asghar Khan, drove through some part of the Gilgit Bazar today. These photographs can give you an idea about the current situation on ground.