Islamabad/Karachi : Grief-stricken families of Shia pilgrims killed in a bomb blast and members of the minority sect staged protests in Quetta and different parts of Pakistan today, refusing to bury victims for the third day and demanding operations against those behind the attack.
Members of the Hazara Shia community, frequently targeted by the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, continued their sit-in with bodies of those killed in Tuesday’s bombing at Alamdar Road in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.
They said the protest would continue till action is taken against the killers. Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch visited the protesters last night to express solidarity.
He promised better security for Hazara pilgrims travelling to Iran by road and said the provincial government was mulling the option of launching a ferry service.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to immediately visit Quetta to meet Hazara Shia leaders, Geo News reported.
Protesters, including women and children, also staged sit-ins in cities like Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Multan and Hyderabad to express their anguish.
“Our sit-in on Shuhadaa Chowk at Alamdar Road will continue and
we will not bury the dead until an operation is launched against the culprits who attacked and killed the
pilgrims in Mastung district,” said Syed Musarrat Agha, acting president of the Balochistan Shia Conference.