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‘Undeclared curfew’ imposed in Gilgit

All entry and exit routes were sealed and markets closed on Wednesday after three people were killed and two others were injured a day earlier in a fresh wave of sectarian violence that erupted in reaction to the Naran bus attack.

“The step has been taken to overcome target killings,” Ali Sher, a senior police official told The Express Tribune.

“This is understandably a reaction to the Naran bus killings,” he said of the violence that left three people dead and two others seriously wounded in different incidents of target killings in Gilgit on Tuesday. The recent incidents came four days after 19 passengers, mostly Shias, were shot dead by terrorists at point blank range in the Mansehra district.

Authorities denied it was an undeclared curfew, however the restrictions were similar to those imposed during one. People were not allowed to come out of their homes, markets were closed and travelling on vehicles banned as police and other law enforcement agencies kept patrolling the deserted roads of the city.

On Tuesday, two traders Abdul Haleem and Mirza, were killed near Sakwar area after gunmen opened fire on them. The deceased belonged to Swat and were running a business in Gilgit.

Sher said that suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing of traders.

In the second incident, unidentified armed men opened fire on Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel deputed outside the deputy commissioner office at Khomer, killing one Manzoor on the spot while seriously injuring another man identified as Shujaat.

On Wednesday morning, authorities made repeated announcements through loudspeakers, asking people not to open shops and remain indoors, leaving the roads deserted.

An official at the Chief Minister Secretariat said that people in need of any sort of help would be facilitated by the authorities. About the duration of the undeclared curfew, he said that it would be decided during a law and order meeting likely to be held at night.

Earlier on Friday last, two truck drivers from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were killed in Nagar valley and two others were injured in separate incidents.

By Shabbir Mir for Express Tribune


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Two mosques sealed in Gilgit

The authorities have sealed two mosques in the city and asked their administrations to change their prayer leaders or give assurances in writing that their mosques would not be used to spread hatred.

Central Imamia Mosque and the main mosque of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat were sealed by magistrates after receiving directives from the high-ups.

Official sources said the move was part of steps aimed at restoring peace in the region. More measures would be taken soon to eliminate anti-peace elements, they said.

The daytime curfew was lifted in Gilgit as life began to return to normality.

People queued up outsides banks to draw cash to buy essential commodities.

Attendance in offices and schools was thin. Traffic remained suspended on the Karakoram Highway, while the PIA resumed its service and operated a flight between Islamabad and Gilgit.

Business activities resumed in markets and in commercial centres. People, who had left the city when violence erupted, started returning to Gilgit.

Law-enforcement agencies have set up special pickets at entry points and monitoring the movement of vehicles and individuals.
They also searched vehicles for weapons.

The truckers stopped transportation of goods to Gilgit-Baltistan and demanded of the government and people to give surety that their drivers and vehicles would not be targeted.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly said that the assembly session was cancelled because of curfew and a new date would be announced soon.

Published in Dawn News

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Gilgit curfew: eight hours of relaxation, schools reopen

The curfew imposed in Gilgit after sectarian clashes was relaxed on Monday from 07:00am to 03:00pm. Schools were also scheduled to open today, DawnNews reported.

According to the initial reports of Interior Minister Rahman Malik, the Taliban, who reportedly came from Afghanistan, were involved in violence of Gilgit.

The situation of Gilgit has improved and the curfew relaxation period has also been extended.

Earlier on Sunday, the curfew was relaxed for six hours.

In order to avoid any untoward situation in the region, the government banned residents from wearing jackets, shawls and coats, whereas mobile phone services were also still barred from operating there.

Furthermore, special passes were issued to doctors to provide medical services to the people. However, it was difficult to transport patients to the hospital.

Due to the continuous curfew, there has been a shortage of petroleum products, food items and medicines.

However, after 13 days of curfew, schools were scheduled to reopen on Monday and the situation of food items shortage was expected to improve.

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Situation in Gilgit Baltistan under control: Malik

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that situation in Gilgit Baltistan is under control and curfew there will soon be lifted.

He said mobile services will also be restored in the area. He said a targeted operation may be conducted to arrest those involved in the Challas incident.

The Interior Minister that consultation will be held with the religious scholars to chalk out a strategy to avoid any future unrest   in Gilgit -Baltistan. He said on the directions of the President, he will soon visit the area.

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Curfew imposed after 12 killed in Gilgit and Chilas

Curfew imposed after 12 killed in Gilgit and Chilas

Army deployed in Gilgit as violence leaves 10 dead, 40 injured‎

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