BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Condemnation poured in from across Gilgit-Baltistan a day after terrorists attacked Bacha Khan University in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and killed nearly two dozen inside the campus.
Besides chief minister and governor, people from all walks of life condemned the act, extending solidarity with the aggrieved families in the neighboring K-P province.
Chief minister Hafeezur Rahman in a message called the attack ‘a cowardice act’ and declared Thursday a mourning day in Gilgit-Baltistan.
“The national flag will remain lowered in grief over the barbaric act committed by the coward terrorist,” read the statement issued from chief minister office.
The chief minister expressed deep shock and offered condolences to the families who lost their near and dear ones.
The governor Mir Ghazanfar also condemned the attack and prayed for families and the departed souls. In his statement issued late Wednesday, governor said “We stand by the aggrieved families and assure them the terrorism will be rooted out at all cost.
PML-N and PPP in G-B announced three day mourning to show solidarity with the families.
The Bacha Khan University attack in Charsadda district came more than a year after a bloody terrorist rampage at a military-run school in Peshawar had killed more than 140 students and teachers.
“I’m speechless, the terrorists aren’t humans, they are beasts,” said Musrat Jamal, a lawyer.
Similar views were expressed by a private school teacher Habib Khan. “The terrorists have no religion or sect, they are just terrorists and deserve a matching response,” Khan told Outpost
The messages of condemnation also flooded social media, demanding government to go hard on such elements.
Soon after media broke the news, security was alerted in entry and exit routes in the region. According to a security official, 20 men belonging to K-P had also been arrested for questioning. “They had been picked for interrogation,” said the official on the condition of anonymity.
The men belonged to Charsada district and had their businesses in Gilgit. “These are measures which help us keep ourselves abreast of activities of outsiders working in the region,” said the official.