Gilgit, November 23: The seventh Moharram procession in Gilgit turned into a beautiful reminder of the region’s historical harmony which has been shattered during the past four decades.
A large number of Sunni youth and elders from Yadgar Mohalla, under the leadership of Masajid Board members including Raja Nisar Wali, joined the traditional 7th Moharram mourning procession organized by Shia organizations today, in a show of solidarity and unity.
The 7th Moharram procession started in the Nagaral area and after passing through Qizilbash Mohalla and Khomar culminated at Nagaral Imambargah.
Stressed and grieved people of the city who have been through worst violence during the year broke into tears after witnessing the symbolic display of unity, which is also a reminder of the peaceful and harmonious past, when the region was not fragmented on the grounds of sects.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have lived in harmony for centuries despite of being followers of different interpretations of Islam. However, the harmony has been hurt due to targeted killings and revenge killings since 1988, when a village in the vicinity of the city was attacked and burnt.
The local people have appreciated the move by the Masajid Board and hoped that such steps will be continued in the future also, to ensure sustainable peace and progress in the region.