Skardu, August 30: Students and passengers continued their protest against nonavailability of flight on the fourth day in Skardu and Gilgit. Hundreds of students who are stuck in the region due to insecurity along the KKH in the wake of the Naran Valley killings in which 19 people were shot dead by terrorists.
The protest in Skardu turned violent in the morning after an official of the Anjuman-e-Imamia, Agha Ali Rizvi, was arrested by the police. The protesters clashed with the police and pressurized the government into releasing the cleric.
DC Skardu, Fazl-e-Khaliq, told media that the cleric along with his supporters had besieged the airport and halted all operations so it was necessary to arrest him.
The police officials were pelted with stones which also damaged two vehicles inside the building of Radio Pakistan’s regional station.
Several people were injured during the clashes.
Gilgit: In Gilgit the protesters assembled in front of the Chief Minister’s office and demonstrated against the absence of flights.
It is pertinent to note that the government had promised to operate C-130 flights to evacuate the stranded passengers and students, who are getting late for their universities and colleges across the country.
The KKH is faced with security threats as well as blockades created by people in Dassu and Komila who are also agitating against one or the other issue.