‘2-hour break in Gilgit curfew’
ISLAMABAD: The government has allowed a two-hour break in the curfew in Gilgit that was imposed on Saturday after assailants attempted to assassinate Shia leader Agha Ziauddin, Faisal Saleh Hayat, the Northern Areas minister, said on Tuesday.
He told reporters that the situation was under control and the government would soon lift the curfew if the city remained calm. He said Mr Ziauddin had been injured and taken to the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi where he was operated upon and his condition was stable. He said the government had decided to form a judicial committee to investigate the incident and it would submit its report within a month. The government would also pay Rs 0.3 million to the families of those killed in the incident, he added.
Ibrahim Shahid adds from Gilgit: Hundreds of people including foreigners who were trapped in Gilgit because of the violence had been seen leaving the area as Karakoram Highway had been reopened because of the prevailing calm.