No burial: Quetta protesters give 48-hour ultimatum to arrest killers

Published: February 18, 2013

Families mourn the death of relatives as they gather with coffins of bomb attack victims during a protest in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP

Families mourn the death of relatives as they gather with coffins of bomb attack victims during a protest in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP A photo showing UN chief Ban Ki-Moon during a conference. PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS / QUETTA: Demanding an army operation against sectarian killers, the families of the victims of Quetta bombing have given 48-hour ultimatum to the government, Express News reported on Monday.

On February 16, a massive bomb ripped though a busy market in a Shia Hazara neighbourhood of Quetta, killing more than 80 people and injuring nearly 200.

The outlawed sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing.

The families have refused to bury the dead in protest and the bodies are placed in different imambargahs of the city.

Quetta police chief Wazir Khan Nasir said, “We are going to resume negotiations with the Shia community leaders this morning to convince them to bury the dead.”

However Shia leader Qayyum Changezi said the protesters “will not bury the dead until a targeted operation is launched”.

Spokesman for an alliance of Shia groups Syed Muhammad Hadi also said, “We stand firm for our demands of handing over the city to army and carrying out targeted operation against terrorists and their supporters.”

“We will not bury the bodies unless our demands are met.”

The paramilitary Frontier Corps is largely responsible for security in Balochistan Shias say it is unable or unwilling to protect them.

The LeJ has stepped up suicide bombings and shootings recently. The group was behind a bombing last month in Quetta that killed nearly 100 people.

UN chief condemns

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “strongly” condemned the bomb blast in Quetta, calling on authorities to act quickly against those responsible, his spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Noting that this is the second attack against the Shia community in Quetta in the last few weeks, Ban “calls for swift and determined action against those claiming responsibility and perpetrating such actions,” Nesirky said in a statement.

He “reiterates the strong support of the United Nations for efforts by the Government and people of Pakistan to protect religious and ethnic minorities and to combat the scourge of terrorism,” the spokesman added.

Earlier twin bombings in Quetta in January led to the imposition of governor’s rule in the province.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Ricky
    Feb 18, 2013 - 10:46AM

    There are many more murders taking place in Baluchistan than in Israel or Kashmir. In fact Pakistan takes the gold in the murder of civilians in the whole world. There seems no hope or action by the courts and nuclear powered army, it is the duty of the UN to stop this genocide of minorities and smaller sects in Pakistan.

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  • Raj - USA
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:07AM

    OIC will never condemn these acts. They will not even issue a statement expressing concern or suggest a fact finding mission. Would they send any relief to the victims families? NO…..Everyone knows the reason.

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  • Human
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:12AM

    Stop Condemning & Do SOMETHING like put pressure on calling in the ARMY in Pakistan

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  • SKChadha
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:17AM

    The area should have UN peacekeeping force?

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:44AM

    genocide , its as simple as that and nothing in our country happens without a formal stamp from ISI and army. I am mighty sure these “Banned” outfits are being funded by rich families from Arab countries. It makes me wonder sometimes that Muslims living in India are more safe than Pakistanis. Come on UN, do something.

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  • baloch
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:51AM

    6th largest army in the world cannot protect its own citizens and citizens asking for UN peace keeping force for their protection.

    Dnt understand then why citizens pay taxes for 60% budget for army every year. Fools!

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  • sattar rind
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:55AM

    please do something condemning is makes no difference

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  • Ali yawar
    Feb 18, 2013 - 11:56AM

    UN must interfere in Quetta and take serious action to prevent human genocide.

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  • Umair
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:07PM

    No PM visit this time, Just COAS should negotiate with protestor and ensure them safety and military presence out there.

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  • Real Bloch
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Now these people are demanding the presence of only Armed Forces. This speaks the volumes that all the down trodden people accept army as only legitimate body. So it is a slap to all army haters.

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  • rafique khan
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Immediate action by COAS is required to save the lives and properties in whole country especially in Quetta and Hazara community. The people are fed up with the helpless government and army.
    We strongly condemn this genocide so Government should take immediate action. The people who have lost their relatives, friends, neighbors must be careful during next election. They must not vote in favour of the party who is not sincere with them

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  • Simply Desi
    Feb 18, 2013 - 12:56PM

    And the Pakistanis worry about kashmir???

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  • Vakas
    Feb 18, 2013 - 1:05PM

    its enough. Expel the heads of all intelligence agencies.

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Quaid e Azam zindabad =)Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 18, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Since the Baloch as well as the Hazaras are both being oppressed and killed it is time for them to join hands and go after their assailants and their protectors, both in uniform and out of it. Either join hands or perish separately.

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  • Polpot
    Feb 18, 2013 - 2:27PM

    Did the Hon’ble President take notice?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Oh He did …of the Palestinian suffering.

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  • Vailay Indians
    Feb 18, 2013 - 2:36PM

    The army should step in now . And for all those worrying that we stand for kashmiris, well they should look into their own country first; now do i need to teach them their current issues or they are simply ignorant about the insurgencies in their southern area? It would not be pleasant if Pakistanis teach them their own affairs, now would it?

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  • Feb 18, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Government must take action against banned outfits and public must also play their part in stopping these hate factories which are producing hate, terror and extremism day and night. we must stop hate to stop shia killings. here is my take on this whole problem http://stopextremism.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/hate-is-the-reason/

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  • Ali
    Feb 18, 2013 - 2:41PM

    Dont leave until army operation demands are met , they created it they should clean this mess.

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  • Abdullah
    Feb 18, 2013 - 3:24PM

    Dear Govt & Military

    make peace in country before UN will come and bust you all and make one more east timor & south sudan

    regards
    one pakistani

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  • Habib
    Feb 18, 2013 - 4:05PM

    Why Lashkar Jhangvi are rooming around without any action by army. Where is army and other law agencies. Where is government?
    This is country is going to sink if we (people) did not awake. We have to make decision to raise our voice against all these atrocities.

    80 people died, nobody cares. Nobody resigns.

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  • Stranger
    Feb 18, 2013 - 4:35PM

    I personally think Pak should go back to military government .Democracy is simply not working.

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  • afroze fatemah
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:15PM

    can you hear living dead ? !! these dead bodies are waiting to go to their final resting place :(

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  • ahmed41
    Feb 18, 2013 - 6:51PM

    The UN can not do anything~~~~it has no teeth. The UN is just for moral pressure.

    Do not blame the ARMY.

    First CREATE the national and social WILL to root out terrorism at all costs.

    It has to be a multi-pronged campaign. The terrorist do not occupy any geographic area. So the ARMY can do nothing. The ARMY knows how to fight a conventional war against another conventional enemy.

    Is the US & NATO winning against the Afghan Taliban ?

    Anti-terrorism is not a war that can be shown as a victory . remember Vietnam & Afghanistan .

    No !!!!! It is not the army’s job.

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