Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gilgit-Baltistan violence: Kargil observes shutdown

Jammu: Shia-dominated Kargil border town in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday observed a complete bandh in protest against the recent sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan region of northern Pakistan.

Responding to a bandh call by Anjuman-e-Jamiyatul Ulima Asna Ashriya (Islamia School Kargil) to express solidarity with the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, all shops and business establishments in the town remained closed and vehicles kept off the roads.

People from many villages in Kargil district assembled at Islamia School Kargil carrying black flags and placards and chanting slogans against the killings in the region.

On April 3, at least 14 people were killed and over 50 others injured after violence erupted between rival Shia and Sunni groups in Gilgit city, the capital of the region.

Protesters in Kargil also took out a march and raised slogans against the Pakistan government.

Nayib Imam Jumma of Islamia School Kargil, Hujattul Islam Sheikh Hussain Mukaddas, appealed to the Indian government to intervene and help stop the killings in the region.


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