Gilgit, December 12: Violence erupted yet again in Gilgit city today after several hundred protesters came out on the streets in opposition to the commemoration of Yom-e-Hussain (as) at the Karakoram International University (KIU).
Some groups of youth and students had opposed the commemoration of Yom-e-Hussain (as) at the KIU in the past and it had led to 10-day closure of the university, due to fear of violence and unrest.
The protesters clashed with the police resulting in the death of a constable of the Elite Force, Adil Karim, hailing from Hunza Valley. Another man identified as Ubaidullah, a resident of Kashrote mohallah, also died during the violence. There were also reports about the death of 18 years old Zameer Abbas, a resident of Barmas mohallah, but later sources informed that he is alive and admitted at a hospital.
According to details, protesters had blocked bridges and roads leading to the Gilgit city after hearing about the commemoration of Yom-e-Hussain (as) at KIU, located in Konodas locality, across the Gilgit river. When the participants of Yom-e-Hussain commemoration ceremony, including several students, reached near the bridges they were reportedly pelted with stones which led to a clash and firing. Two people were killed in the violence and 7 were injured, including at least one soldier of the GB Scouts.
The administration has imposed section 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code, indefinitely banning assembly of people, protest demonstrations and display of weapon. A ban has also been imposed on biking. The Karakoram University has been closed down yet again for three days.
Shutter down strike
Gilgit: The Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamat (ASWJ) has announced a shutter-down strike in Gilgit city tomorrow.