At least 10 foreign tourists and one Pakistani woman guide have been killed during firing by unidentified gunmen at a hotel in Bonar area at the base of Nanga Parbat mountain in District Diamer of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The incident took place at about 1 a.m. on Sunday (June 23).
According to DIG Gilgit Baltistan Ali Sher, the gunmen had attacked a local hotel, where the tourists hailing from different countries including China, Ukraine and Russia were staying, and killed them.
DIG further confirmed that 10 bodies were recovered from the hotel so far. The police immediately cordoned off the area and started a thorough door-to-door search operation for the killers.
The first of its kind tourist assassination in Gilgit-Baltistan has spread a wave of terror among the locals of the area, where the tourists industry had started booming again quite recently.
Security forces have cordoned off the area and search for the assailants has started.
President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the killing of foreign tourists in Diamer‚ Gilgit-Baltistan.
He expressed deep shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident and said that such acts of barbarity would not be tolerated.
He assured that every possible action would be taken to nab the culprits involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has also strongly condemned the killing of ten foreign tourists in Diamer.
The Prime Minister said such acts of cruelty and inhumanity would not be tolerated and every effort would be made to make the country a safe place for tourists.
Expressing his sympathies with the bereaved families‚ Nawaz Sharif said that the people and government of Pakistan are with them in this hour of huge distress.
Governor Gilgit Baltistan Pir Syed Karam Ali Shah and Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah also condemned the incident.
Meanwhile‚ Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah has convened a meeting of the heads of law enforcing agencies in Gilgit on Sunday to review ways for maintenance of law and order situation in the area.
The meeting will also discuss ways to beef up security for the tourists.