Chilas: Massive protests erupted across Gilgit Baltistan after terrorists ambushed a local bus, killing nine and injuring at least 26 others on December 2.
Women and children in Skardu, Chilas, and Gilgit blocked the roads and blamed the government and security agencies for their failure to act against terrorists.
As per the accounts of victims, the terrorists opened fire at the Rawalpindi-bound bus on the Karakoram Highway near Chilas town in the Diamer district.
The driver lost control of the bus and crashed into a truck coming from the opposite side. The terrorists continued firing, taking lives and harming more passengers in the bus.
A local resident who was part of the protest said, "this is a deliberate attempt to create fear psychosis among the people and loot our resources".
Another protester said, "Who are these people who are attacking us. They should be arrested as soon as possible".
The transporters union also organised a rally from Jutial Bus Terminal to Press Club Gilgit and condemned the terror attack.
A protester indirectly blamed the Pakistani army and said, "This was a targeted attack and those who are behind such attacks have the only intention to exploit the natural resources of Gilgit Baltistan. This is a conspiracy against us".
"The security agencies must eliminate the terror sanctuaries within Pakistan," he said while adding that security on Karakoram highway needs to be strengthened.
Faizan Mir, an activist of the Public Action Committee said, "Terrorists are operating across Pakistan. We urge the Pakistan government to take strict action against these terrorists".
Gilgit-Baltistan is dominated by the Shia community who have been targeted on several occasions by terrorists from the Sunni community.
The local residents have been paying a heavy price due to the rise of sectarian violence.