Quetta bombing: Burial ceremonies complete amidst protests

Published: February 20, 2013

Pakistani Shia Muslims carry the coffins of relatives during a mass burial ceremony in Quetta on February 20, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Burial ceremonies of the Quetta bombing victims was completed on Wednesday amidst aerial firing and ongoing protests that continued at the Hazara town graveyard throughout the day.

Earlier in the day, miscreants hurled stones on passing cars which broke the windshield of a vehicle belonging to the Deputy Commissioner of Quetta and injured one of the Levis security staff. Additional Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and police were called in.

The protesters also blocked the Western Bypass and opened aerial firing in order to block the burials.

Meanwhile Abdul Qayyum Changezi, a leader of the Quetta United Council (QUC) said that those creating trouble for the burials were “irrelevant” people and were not related to the victims of the bombing.

Members of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) were not permitted to go inside Imam Bargah Bin Jaffer due to a targeted operation going on in the area. In protest a few youngsters locked the entrance to the Imam Bargah.

After the chaos settled down, participants of the protest and relatives of the victims once again entered into discussions and decided to carry forward the burial. The authorities then brought the dead bodies to the Hazara Town graveyard.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Zubair Mehmood said, “Few people got emotional during the process but everything is under control now.”

He also said that an FIR will be launched against the miscreants.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • ahmad
    Feb 20, 2013 - 4:34PM

    Balochistan is run by the army. The Frontier Corps is commanded by serving army officer.Had IGFC been suspended by the Courts like IG police, NAB officers and civil bureaucrats are suspended time and again; this would have not come to pass.

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  • Roshan
    Feb 20, 2013 - 6:24PM

    Miscreants?? what a word to choose for those bereaved people. Those ‘miscreants’ were angry women who thought their demand of military take-over was not met. They pelted stone on DC Quetta’s vehicle to quell their frustration and his guards opened aerial firing to ensure his security. The firing by his security guards prompted some young protestors; resorting to aerial firing in return.

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  • Balanced on a thread
    Feb 21, 2013 - 1:13AM

    can we forge out some religious doctrine that can put a consensus on issues of sects? abolishing the imam imitation and starting off with the ijtehad! thats what Leopold Wiess, Karen Armstron and Alama Iqbal Advise.

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