The Karakoram Highway (KKH) has been opened for all sorts of traffic after almost a weeklong blockade by the people of Kohistan at Dasu who were protesting against the “convoy system” of travelling on the highway considered to be lifeline of Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to the Express Tribune, at least 17 vehicle owners and drivers were arrested Saturday night and sent to Central Prison Haripur as the strike of transporters operating along the region’s jugular vein, the Karakoram Highway, entered its fifth day on Sunday.
Life has virtually come to a standstill in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kohistan as transport associations protest against the “convoy system” of travelling enforced by the government. Under the framework, vehicles move in groups from Diamer till Besham, escorted by law-enforcement personnel between 8am and 4pm only.
The system was introduced in 2012 after repeated attacks on passenger buses and the targeted killing of identified individuals.