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Quetta blast: Shia community launches protest across Pakistan

Posted by: Javeria Nasir, Uploaded: 12th January 2013



KARACHI: Following the deadly blasts in Quetta, Balochistan the members of Wahdat Ul Muslimeen has announced to launch protest demonstrations across the country, reported Aaj News.

‘Karachi’

Hundreds of people belonging to Shia community staged a sit-in at Numaish chowrangi near Quaid-e-Azam Mausoleum to protest against the blasts in Quetta.

Our correspondent said that, The road has been blocked near the area while no suitable security was provided to the protestors.

The protestors will march towards the press club to demand justice.

A similar protest was going on in Malir area of Karachi.

‘Hyderabad’

Protestors holding banners at the Hyderabad bypass staged a sit-in against the killings in Quetta.

“We sit in protest against oppression. We will continue our sit in protest until the government fulfills our demands,” said a protestor.

‘Lahore’

The protest demonstration held in twin cities of Punjab including Lahore, Multan and Gujranwala.

The protestors were marching towards the Liberty chowk raising slogans for ‘stop Hazara killings’.

‘Islamabad’

Human Rights groups along with the Shia community members held protest in the federal capital on Saturday, demanding justice for their victims killed in blasts.

‘Quetta’

Protesters from the vulnerable community, including women, children and the elderly continued a sit-in at Alamdar Road from over 24 hours, where 120 people were killed in bomb blasts.

They huddled around more than 80 bodies, most of them wrapped in white shrouds and covered with plastic sheets to protect them from the rain.

Though the protest began over 20 hours ago, meanwhile governor Balochistan came to join them to express solidarity and discuss their demands.

Many protesters shouted slogans against the government and the militant groups that have been targeting the Shias.

The protesters were wrapped in shawls as they sat through the night in the biting cold and rain. Many woman clad in black broke down and wept while children and youth lit candles to pay tributes to the victims of the bombings.

Background

A string of bombings left over 120 people dead and 150 wounded in one of the bloodiest days of violence that Balochistan has seen for years.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosives inside a crowded snooker club on Alamdar Road, a Shia-dominated neighbourhood of Quetta.

As soon as mediapersons, police and rescue officials reached the site, the second blast went off. Television channels counted the two explosions as suicide attacks. Most of the casualties were caused by the second blast.

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Story first published: 12th January 2013




 
 
 

 
 


 

 






 
 

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