Shia Muslims of Gilgit-Baltistan province now lives under siege. Curfew has been imposed for last four days. All sorts of communication system including transport and mobile phone system have been jammed.
Reports had it that acute food shortage occurred there. At least 30 people were taken into custody after security forces have started crackdown on innocent Shia Muslims. They surrounded Jamey Masjid Imamia and didn’t allow Friday prayers there. Tension prevailed in the area.
Hundreds of passengers have not returned homes. Only 9 bodies of martyrs of Chilas Tragedy were returned to the heirs. At least 75 other passengers of Baltistan are missing. Similar is the fate of Gilgit-bound buses. People have expressed apprehension that 150 persons were martyred in Chilas Tragedy.
Shaikh Mohammad Jafri of Baltistan and Quaid-e-Millat-e-Jafaria Gilgit Agha Syed Rahat Hussain al Hussaini have vehemently criticized the role of government and security forces/agencies.
They said that Shia Muslims were being punished for their love and patriotism for Pakistan. They said that genocide of Shia Muslims and inaction against the ferocious murderers pose a question for patriot forces in all over Pakistan.
They rejected all sorts of hypothesis and demanded of the government and Pakistan army not to lose support of Shia Muslims who are true patriot citizens.
“Who defended Pakistan in Gilgit and Baltistan’s borders,” asked Agha Rahat Hussaini. He said that Shia Muslims sacrificed their lives and earned enmity of the enemies of Pakistan by defending Pakistan.
Shaikh Mohammad Jafri expressed surprise over the role of Pakistan Army saying that enemies of Shia Muslims and Pakistan Army are same but army has taken no action against the common enemies. He asked whose agenda is being served in Pakistan.
Shia organizations have expressed apprehensions that enemies of Pakistan and Pakistani nation want to destabilize Pakistan by attacking peaceful and pro-Pakistan Shia Muslims of the province.
They have demanded of Pakistan government and the relevant state agencies to reconsider their policies and target the terrorists and perpetrators of the genocide of Shia Muslims instead of punishing the victims of terrorism.