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In last few months, we have read @etribune’s Shabbir Mir’s dishonest reports on #ShiaGenocide by ASWJ-SSP terroirsts in Chilas and elsewhere. His reports suggests that he is a Jhangvi apologist. In the following report published in Express Tribune, Shabbir Mir shows how to present killers of 100 Shias in Chilas as heroes, and how to misrepresent the most brutal Shia massacre in Pakistan’s history.
According to Shabbir Mir: “Passengers caught in the sudden violence were sheltered by Chilas residents”. The violence was not very sudden. Further, it was a mob of 2000 to 3000 not some unknown motorbike riders who attacked Shias. Why does not Mir tell us the names of the leaders in the mob when Shias (at least 100 of them) were brutally murdered with stones, guns, acid, thrown in river, their buses burnt?
A story of harmony: Civilian vigilantes narrowly save 200 lives
By Shabbir Mir
Even as lives were lost and blood spilt during last week’s sectarian violence in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), the community of Chilas managed to save at least 200 Shia passengers – including women and children – and swiftly shift them to areas where they would be out of harm’s way.
The passengers were travelling from Rawalpindi to Gilgit and Skardu, and had just reached the town of Chilas when sectarian violence broke out in Gilgit after unidentified men attacked a Sunni rally with hand grenades, killing six people and injuring 50 others.
The violence led to the imposition of a curfew in the city.
The saving of human lives in Chilas, however, was overshadowed by the killing of 10 Shias in reaction to the hand grenade attack at the Sunni rally in Gilgit. The vehicle of the top Sunni cleric in Gilgit-Baltistan, Qazi Nisar, also came under fire, leaving his driver injured.
“When the news of the grenade attack and firing on the cleric’s vehicle reached Chilas, an infuriated mob was present in the valley where a convoy of buses had just reached from Rawalpindi. They attacked Shia passengers in the buses with sticks, guns, and stones and killed many of them,” a senior police official in Chilas told i.
According to another senior police official, Jamsheed Ahmed, who himself was injured along with four other policemen while escorting the buses, more than 3,000 men attacked the convoy.
While the killing spree continued outside, the almost 200 helpless Shia passengers were stuck inside the buses, waiting for what they thought was the inevitable to happen.
When hope was almost lost, clerics and other residents from the area picked up the Shia passengers, and transferred them to their own houses for the night where they provided them with food, shelter and security.
Two people – Leevar Khan and Shah Nasir – reportedly played a key role in saving the passengers lives.
The next day, hundreds of residents themselves arranged for transportation for the threatened passengers and accompanied them up to Jaglot, where they further negotiated with a violent mob until the passengers were safely handed over to the administration.
The account was verified from various independent sources in Chilas and Gilgit later. http://tribune.com.pk/story/363392/a-story-of-harmony-civilian-vigilantes-narrowly-save-200-lives/