Gilgit/Skardu/Hunza: Thousands of people came out on the roads despite cold weather in different parts of the Gilgit-Baltistan region to express solidarity with the families of victims of the brutal Taliban attack which led to the death of at least 148 people, including around 132 children.
The protest demonstrations were organized by different political, religio-political and student organizations.
In Skardu, the members of Rondu Youth Forum held a vigil in the memory of the children who were, mostly, shot in the head from close range. The protesters were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the Taliban, a group of which has claimed responsibility for the attack. A vigil and protest demonstration was also held in Shigar Valley.
Majlis Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) also organized protest demonstrations and vigils in Skardu and Gilgit, attended by a large number of people.
Students of the Karakuram International University in Gilgit also expressed disgust over the brutal murder of children and their teachers and demanded stern action against the perpetrators.
The protesters also demanded hanging of the convicted terrorists who are languishing in different jails across the country.
Students, teachers and notables in the Hunza Valley also held prayers for the souls of the deceased children.
The murder of 132 schoolchildren has shocked the entire country and people are enraged in almost all corners of Pakistan, demanding strict policies towards militant, sectarian and terrorist groups who are operating freely in many parts of the country.
The unprecedented exhibition of brutality by the terrorists has united people from all schools of thought and now the demand for a clear, actionable and practical anti-terrorism strategy is being demanded.