Protest held at Hunza against Karachi carnage

Members of the Ismaili community are holding a peaceful protest at Hunza to show solidarity with victims of the attack on a bus in Karachi which left 45 dead.

Hundreds have gathered at the Gulmit village, Upper Hunza Valley holding placards denouncing the act of terrorism.

Meanwhile political leaders gathered at a meeting in Gilgit and offered prayers for the victims.

A community bus with 60 passengers of the Ismaili sect on board was attacked in Karachi, when gunmen sprayed it with bullets.

The attack left 13 people injured many of who were women and children.

This was the first time the community became target of a sectarian attack. A large majority of the Ismaili community lives in Hunza and Gilgit.

Pamphlets in English and Urdu, with a list of demands were found at scene of crime. Meanwhile, Jundullah, a splinter group of the attack claimed responsibility.

Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leaders of the Ismailis expressed shock and grief at the loss of lives.

“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those killed and wounded in the attack,” the Aga Khan said, in a statement released earlier.

The Aga Khan noted that the Ismailis are a peaceful global community living in harmony with other religious and ethnic groups in many countries across the world, including in the Muslim world.

He said that community leaders are now busy in helping the injured and bereaved families of the dead.