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16 November 2019

Taliban Take Responsibility for the Attack. Protests, Emergency Meetings and 3-day Mourning in GB

Map of Babusar Pass

Gilgit— Thousands of people took the streets in different cities of the region and staged sit in against the Lolusar tragedy.

In Gilgit protesters got the markets closed and thousands of people took to streets to record their protest against the Lalosar carnage where 25 innocent passengers were gunned down.

Youth burnt tyres on the roads to block traffic and chanted slogans against the government. The city was in the grip of terror and fear. Protests were on Ghizar road, Khomar, Umpheri, Majini Muhallah, Nagaral and other parts of Gilgit City. 

Markets were also closed down in Skardu, Khaplu, Chilas and other cities. Protest demonstrations were held and people demanded of the government to arrest the terrorists imediately.

Meanwhile CM Mehdi Shah called an emergency meeting of Masajid Board, security officials and his fellow politicians to review the on going situation in the region. Addressing the meeting he urged the Ulema to come forward for peace. He said that no stone would be unturned to nab the killers of innocent passengers.

Later provincial government announced three days mourning. On the other side,  Governor Pir karam Ali Shah telephoned his counterpart in KP and demanded him to arrest all the criminals involved in the tragedy.

Twenty five people were killed in the terrorist attack on 3 buses in Lolusar, a locality of KPK.

According to details 3 buses were on their way to Astore from Rawalpindi. When they reached Lolusar, about 15 to 20 gunmen stopped the vehicles and asked the passengers to show their identity cards. After checking the cards, they got 25 passengers off the buses and opened fire on them. The news of the incident spread like a wild fire across Gilgit Baltistan.

The Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan  has called the tragedy a "Great Game'' without hinting or identifying any international players in the so-called Great Game. The vague notion often applied by politicians similar situations in order to drift off the oozing public anger. 

On the other hand, the banned Tahrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has taken responsibility of the killings. A spoksperson of Taliban has said that the Al Mansoreen Group of TTP carried out the attacks and Amir Tariqu Mansoor was leading the crime against humanity. 

Asim Iqbal has contributed to this story from Gilgit-Baltistan
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