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Gilgit-Baltistan receives caution of confrontational attack

By Irfan Munna:

The interior ministry has warned the G-B government that a number of radicals have planned attack and violence on passengers and government officials on Karakoram Highway (KKH) and in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) before Eidul Azha.

According a report of Express Tribune the danger has come days before Eid when people from diverse parts of the country and the world might move to Gilgit-Baltistan to have a good time of the event with their families and relatives. This is the time when there is an increase in traffic on Karakoram Highway, the major highway connecting G-B with rest of the country.

In the report it been said that “A plan has been ready by a banned confrontational outfit belonging to Kohistan region, a district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” stated the letter written by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA) this week. It is speak to to the home department of Gilgit-Baltistan, asking it to take suitable measures to frustrate the attacks.

The area has seen a boost in violence in the recent past. In February 2012, four buses travelling to G-B were stopped on an abandoned section of the KKH and 25 Shia men and children were shot dead. Furthermore, the June 22, 2013 attack at the base camp for Nanga Parbat was one of the deadliest assaults on foreign persons in the country. At least 10 foreign climbers and their Pakistani guide were killed by militants dressed as G-B scouts.

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