Curfew remained imposed in Gilgit on Wednesday with life paralyzed in the area a day after 14 people were killed in firing and grenade attacks.

Educational institutions and business activities were also closed in Gilgit as army was called in to tackle the situation arising from sectarian violence following clashes between supporters of two groups.

Police said that more than 50 were wounded in the violence which prompted the government to deploy troops and impose a curfew.

The casualties occurred in two separate incidents in the northern towns of Gilgit and Chilas.

In Gilgit five people, four security men among them, were killed when gunmen opened fire during a strike called by Sunni sect over the arrest of one of their leaders for his alleged involvement in a sectarian attack in February that left 18 dead. In Chilas, a town about 100 kilometres south of Gilgit, a mob blocked the main Karakoram Highway and killed nine Shiite Muslims, police officials said. Hundreds of people took to the streets in Chilas protesting the killings in Gilgit.