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18 February 2020

Stranded Students Continue protests in Gilgit and Skardu

A large number of Stranded students in Gilgit and Skardu staged protest demonstrations against government on the 5th day of the ongoing protests. They demanded of their immediate evacuation from the area.

In Gilgit students staged a protest demonstration in front of Deputy Commissioner Office and blocked the road. Protesters chanted slogans "we want to get out of the area, save our educational year".

Talking to media they said that government was operating special flights for evacuation of students who had been stuck in the region due to the closure of KKH but local administration was using this facility for their relatives.

"District authorities are using unfair means to send their family members to Islamabad through C130 plane", protesters said.

"In the name of students other people are boarded on the plane", they blamed.

Meanwhile DC and SP assured the students that they would be sent via road and special security arrangements would be made for their safety on KKH.

In Skardu hundreds of students and passengers protested on airport against what they called nepotism of the local administration.

The situation turned violent when Assistant Commissioner and some students exchanged hot words and AC ordered the baton charge to disperse the people who were insisting for boarding on the plane. Several people were injured who were immediately shifted to hospital where their condition was stated out of danger.

Asim Iqbal has contributed to this story from Gilgit Baltistan
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