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18 February 2020

Kohistan Carnage- News reaches every corner of the world

Kohistan Carnage- News reaches every corner of the world

The News of Kohistan Carnage has reached thousands of national and  international newspapers and media outlets. The incident has shocked the people of Gilgit-Balistan and severely damaged the image of the region internationally. The peaceful region of Gilgit-Baltistan known for its culture, natural serenity, gigantic mountains and great environmental grandeur has now hit the newsstands with a sad detail. Below are some of the excerpts from newspaper that discussed the carnage of Kohistan, a mountainous district of Pakistan 

“In an unusual attack in a relatively peaceful region of northwest Pakistan, assailants ambushed four passenger buses, pulled out Shiite males and killed 18 of them Tuesday” CNN International, USA

“Seven armed men stopped two buses and a coaster. The armed men were reported to be in Army uniform. They asked the passengers to get off the bus and shot them after checking their CNICs.

Most of the victims were pilgrims who were going back to their native areas after visiting holy shrines in Iran” TehranTimes, Iran

“Target killings and sectarian violence has risen parallel to the rise of political activism in Gilgit-Baltistan.  This was one of the worse killings that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan will mourn on.”  The Dardistan Tims, Gilgit-Baltistan

“Human rights groups have heavily criticised the Pakistani government for failing to crackdown on sectarian violence between the country's majority Sunni and minority Shiite Muslim communities that has killed thousands.” Daily Star, Lebanon

The victims were Shiite Muslims, a minority in Pakistan that is frequently targeted by extremists from the majority Sunni community, said lawmaker Abdul Sattar. The gunmen spared several dozen other people in the four-bus convoy. Wall Street Journal, USA

“Sunni extremists allied to or inspired by al Qaeda and the Taliban routinely attack government and security force targets, as well as religious minorities and other Muslim sects they consider infidels.” Herald, Scotland

“In a sign of growing fratricidal conflict in Pakistan, at least 18 Shias pilgrims were forced to disembark from a bus and gunned down by extremists as they travelled from Rawalpindi to Gilgit” Hindustan Times, India

“AT least 18 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on a bus in Pakistan's mountainous northern district of Kohistan.”  The Australian, Australia

Authorities had been initially slow to confirm the motive and insisted Islamist militants were not active in the area. Kohistan borders Swat, where Pakistan in 2009 managed to put down a two-year Taliban insurgency. Daily Telegraph, UK

Gunmen disguised in military fatigues hauled 18 Shiite men off buses on Tuesday and shot them dead in cold blood in a usually quiet region of northern Pakistan. Gulf Today, Middle East

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday strongly condemned an attack in northern Pakistan, in which gunmen reportedly killed at lest 18 people. Shingai Daily, China

“A source in the district administration in Dassu said that residents of Tangir’s Darkai valley, Commander Abdul Qayyum, Saddar Shariat and Burhan Shariat, sons of Gul Shahzada; Abdul Karim and Abdul Qadeem, sons of Abdul Ghafoor are suspected to be involved in the massacre.” Khaleej Time,

“The bus was stopped, before passengers were ordered off and shot in the mountainous district of Kohistan as it travelled from Rawalpindi, the city where Pakistan's army is headquartered, to the northern city of Gilgit.” News24, Africa

Deadly bus attack in northern Pakistan.Gunmen open fire on passenger bus in Kohistan district, leaving at least 18 people dead in suspected sectarian ambush. Al Jazeera

Photo Credits: 
Nasruallah Beig © 2010, Pakistan