Quetta carnage: Protests hit key cities’ streets

Published: January 13, 2013

Protesters in Lahore, Quetta and Karachi took to the streets to protest the bloody sectarian assault against Shias on Alamdar Road, Quetta on January 10. PHOTO: ONLINE / PPI

PESHAWAR / RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: 

Demonstrators poured onto the streets in all major towns and cities of the country on Saturday to protest against Thursday’s twin bombings in Quetta that left over 100 people dead and dozens injured.

Hundreds of people rallied in Karachi to express solidarity with the Hazara community. They criticised the provincial government for its “failure” to stem the tide of sectarian killings and called for the military to take over Quetta and shield the Shia community against sectarian extremists.

The protesters vowed to continue their sit-in in Malir, Ancholi and Numaish Chowerangi till their demands were met. Near Mazar-e-Quaid, angered protesters and religious clerics demanded the resignation of Balochistan government.  “Why are the chief justice and government silent?” said a protester, Farzana, while demanding the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice.

Shia protesters also staged a demonstration outside the Karachi press club, where they were joined by MQM leaders Wasey Jalil and Raza Haroon.

Islamabad

Speakers and participants of a protest sit-in in Islamabad’s Super Market called upon the establishment and government to take concrete action against those responsible for Thursday’s attacks.

Expressing solidarity with the victims of Quetta’s Hazara community, members of civil society, politicians and student organisations vowed to continue to raise voice against such “brutalities” and continue their protest for as long as the sit-in in Quetta continues.

“Today we are downcast and ashamed that we could not save our citizens and it was not for the first time they are ignored,” said Awami National Party lawmaker Bushra Gohar.

Defense analyst Ayesha Siddiqa also spoke at occasion. “Even Malik Ishaq, the main culprit behind all this chaos and anarchy, is free to kill and dump,” she said.

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Rawalpindi

Protesters under the umbrella of Shia organisation Majlis-e-Wahad ul-Muslimeen blocked the Islamabad Expressway over the government’s “inaction” to address the grievances of the affected families.

Over 200 protesters, including women and children, blocked the busy highway Saturday evening, chanting slogans against the federal government and Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani.

MWM deputy secretary general Allam Amin Mushadhi demanded Quetta be handed over to Pakistan Army, saying that the civilian set-up has failed to secure the lives of citizens.

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Protesters in Lahore, Quetta and Karachi took to the streets to protest the bloody sectarian assault against Shias on Alamdar Road, Quetta on January 10. PHOTO: ONLINE / PPI

Lahore

Two different protests were held in Lahore against the Quetta attacks on Saturday. Protesters demanded the federal government provide protection to the Shia community and take action against the Balochistan government over its inability to protect lives. They also called for the army to immediately take over the province. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan also participated in one of the protests briefly.

A dozen members of Majlis-e-Wahad ul-Muslimeen staged a demonstration outside the Governor House in the evening, which grew to the strength of a thousand by nightfall.  Another protest called by the Institute of Peace and Secular Studies was held at Liberty roundabout. Some hundred students from different universities protested against the Hazara killings.

Peshawar

Political and religious organisations held a demonstration at the Peshawar press club to protest against the “persecution” of Shias in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa as well as in Balochistan.

While condemning target killings of members of the Shia community, protesters also highlighted the attacks in Quetta. (With reporting by Rabia Ali in Karachi, Abdur Rauf in Peshawar Riazul Haq in Islamabad, Mudassir Raja in Rawalpindi, Rameez Khan in Lahore)

Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Aysha
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:22AM

    Have mercy on the dead, it is unislamic to delay burial.

    What happened is absolutely tragic, and the protest must continue, but the dead should be treated with respect and be buried as soon as possible

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:32AM

    Slap on the face of Govt. and Agencies……!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ali
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:33AM

    Army ruled the country much better than these politicians. Before 2007, there was no loadshedding, jobs were available, GDP growth was strong and sectarian kilings were under control. Its time army should take over whole of the country not just Quetta and send zardari and nawaz to UK/KSA.

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  • Aijaz Haider
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:35AM

    “MWM deputy secretary general Allama Amin Mushadhi demanded Quetta be handed over to Pakistan Army, saying that the civilian set-up has failed to secure the lives of citizens.”
    His demand should be met.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:54AM

    We shall soon hear that a Commission has been formed to investigate, similar to the Commission on memogate, OBL or hindu minority issues. That Commission, as all other earlier Commissions, will never submit any report or the report will never be made public citing National Interest as the reason. No report of any Commission has ever been made public in Pakistan’s history, be it Hamoodur Rahman Commission or commission on assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

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  • Hamaad Haider
    Jan 13, 2013 - 11:58AM

    Come on Pakistan! Lets take to the streets in peaceful and apolitical protest! This is our chance to quit drawnroom discussions. This protest is against the two existential threats being faced by our country: 1. terrorism and 2. abuse of minority groups. This is not dirty politics. This is pure patriorism.

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  • FJ
    Jan 13, 2013 - 5:58PM

    History is being made, be part of it!

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  • Raj - USA
    Jan 13, 2013 - 7:51PM

    @FJ:
    Is history being made or Geography being changed? If depends if Pakistan will take action on all terrorists which include all factions of talibans. May also have to include some other party in 9 or 90 days for providing support to all terrorists groups. Recommend

  • Lord
    Jan 13, 2013 - 8:53PM

    @Aysha:
    Mam if the current trend continues there will be no one left to burry the dead. So this is right ploy.

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  • Shameema
    Jan 14, 2013 - 1:51AM

    @ Ayesha: Have mercy on the living…it is UNISLAMIC TO KILL!

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  • Muhammad
    Jan 14, 2013 - 2:54AM

    Bury the dead. May they rest in peace. Let’s unite and tell them that we are one. We are Pakistanis and we will live and die together. May Allah bless our country, it’s people and may such thinking prevail in the masses.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 14, 2013 - 9:22AM

    i am sunni and i support our hazara and shia brothers.

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Aysha:
    ” Have mercy on the dead, it is unislamic to delay burial.
    What happened is absolutely tragic, and the protest must continue, but the dead should be treated with respect and be buried as soon as possible”

    the problem with people like you who think as righteous want to impose the same on others. . Imposition of your thoughts is in the milder form of advice but the mind is the same I am sorry to say that the the difference is only in the degree and intensity with that of the killers Please steal some time to ponder on it. No offence please..

    Hats off to these grief stricken people’s stand and will to such a peaceful protest . This protest carries more weight and pressure ad awaken all sections of society,the government across Pakistan/ and globe as well.

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