Transporters in G-B go on strike against bus shooting

Jammu & Kashmir POK - Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

KARACHI: Transporters in the country’s northern areas took their vehicles off the roads as part of their strike on Sunday against a bus shooting incident that killed at least eight passengers a day before.

At least 10 people, including two soldiers, were killed and another 25 injured on Saturday in a shooting on a passenger bus at Karakorum Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Chilas area.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Ibrahim Shigri, an official of the Gilgit-Baltistan Transport Association, told Anadolu that a “complete wheel-jam” strike is being observed against the incident.

All kinds of transport from G-B to the rest of the country remained suspended, he added.

Transporters also took out a rally from the city centre of Gilgit to Gilgit Press Club, demanding the government to ensure the safety of transport at Karakorum Highway, a key route of the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has condemned the attack and directed security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice, a statement from his office said on Sunday.

Several protest demonstrations were held across G-B and Islamabad by transporters and civil society.

In 2021, at least 12 people, including nine Chinese nationals, were killed when their bus was targeted in the Kohistan district bordering