GILGIT - A complete strike was observed in Gilgit-Baltistan on Friday over the massacre of Shia passengers near Babusar Top. The strike was called by the Shia Ulema Council against the cold-blooded murder. On Thursday, unidentified gunmen intercepted four buses near the Babusar Pass in Mansehra, pulled off the passengers, separated 25 Shias after checking their identity cards, and shot them to death. Shops and business centers, as well as government and private offices remained closed due to the strike. The Shia Ulema Council also staged a protest after Friday prayers in various cities, including Gilgit.
Meanwhile, the bodies of 18 victims of Babusar tragedy have been transported to Chilas after necessary processes, including post mortem and legal proceedings. The body of Tahir, another victim of Babusar terrorism has been shifted to Gujjar Khan. A joint inquiry team of the federal government, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will probe the incident.