Sectarian Clashes Caused Over Rs 13m Loss
15 August 2004
Pakistan News Service
Gilgit: The sectarian clashes between Shiite Muslims and the security forces erupted in June this year in the Northern Areas over a contentious syllabus issue have caused huge loss to the government exchequer, sources said. The government assets worth rupees 1,31,07,890 got damaged following violent protests by the Shiites. They were demanding for a separate syllabus for their students in the region. The existing syllabus, they claimed went against their beliefs. Sources said that the issue however was resolved after the government and the Shiites agreed over an interim syllabus to be taught in the schools. Sources claimed that according to a survey carried out by the Northern Areas Public Works Department, the violent protesters set fire to eight government buildings, including the Northern Areas Legislative Council Hall and the VIP Rest House in Gilgit.