Shia sit-in ends in Quetta on fourth day

Published: January 14, 2013
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Shia Muslim women stage a sit-in protest against last Thursday's twin bomb attack in Quetta, in Karachi January 14. PHOTO: REUTERS

Shia Muslim women stage a sit-in protest against last Thursday's twin bomb attack in Quetta, in Karachi January 14. PHOTO: REUTERS

Shia Muslim women stage a sit-in protest against last Thursday's twin bomb attack in Quetta, in Karachi January 14. PHOTO: REUTERS Shia Muslim mourners sit beside the coffins of blast victims at a mosque following overnight twin suicide bombings in Quetta on January 11, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA / KARACHI: Hundreds of Shias protesting on Alamdar Road in Quetta announced the end of their four-day long sit-in on Monday after the government announced the imposition of governor’s rule in Balochistan, reported Express News.

An AFP photographer said families had started to take bodies of loved ones killed on Thursday to a local mosque to prepare them for burial.

The protest called by Qaumi Yakjehti Council (QYC) had continued for four days despite cold weather and rain, in which bereaved families sat on the roads alongside bodies of those who were killed in the blast. The protesters had claimed that they will not bury the bodies, which were slowly decomposing, till the government hands over Quetta to the army and imposes a governor rule.

Late Sunday night, the federal government declared a state of emergency in the province and removed the government led by Nawab Aslam Raisani. Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi would be the chief executive of the province now.

After the announcement, the two-day long hunger protest by Hazara Democratic Party outside IG Balochistan’s office was also called off.

The relatives of the dead began with the funeral process after Zuhr prayers on Monday.

Pakistan saw the worst terror attack on Shias on Thursday when twin blasts in Quetta killed over a 100 people and left over 300 injured. After being continuously attacked by militant outfits, the Shia Hazaras went on strike across the country demanding the government to take immediate action.

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf visited Quetta on the third day of the sit-in and held talks over the law and order situation. On the same day, President Asif Ali Zardari also announced of holding crucial talks on the issue.

Karachi protest ends

The protest in Karachi was also called off after the Quetta protest ended on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people had gathered near Bilawal House on Saturday in solidarity with the Hazaras and hundreds of them remained there until Monday morning.

“We are leaving now, as our demands have been accepted and our brothers in Quetta have asked us to end our protest,” said participant Shaukat Ali.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • m iqbal
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Shame Shame on Zardari,Raja Rental,Nawaz, and govt of Pakistan.

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  • Asad
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:07PM

    My heart goes down thinking how the families would be feeling now that their loved ones will finally be leaving them forever. R.I.P. all martyrs

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  • Enlightened
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:13PM

    God bless Shias, they have the support of the whole international community.

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:25PM

    Brilliant example of peaceful protest. Respect……

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  • FJ
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:41PM

    This the victory of Hussainyat! People who think shias are not Muslim would think twice now as nobody has ever seen such a display of unity of shias in such a peaceful way.

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  • Buttler
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:47PM

    We are with you and Imran Khan sitting with u makes the whole Pakistan proud

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 14, 2013 - 12:57PM

    Congrats! You have been, once again promised to be given security. But?..Is it just the matter of Balochistan or Shia now? Aren’t people being killed brutally on daily basis else where in the county? What about other parts of Pakistan? What about other lives? Aren’t they valuable too? Is this all we should fight for? Are our all needs met? Will there be no more bloodshed in this country? Won’t we lose our dead ones again? Won’t families shatter again? Have we reached our goal? Have we got justice? Have we got victory?
    The answer to all these is NO. It may be a start. But we have long way to go. This incident is the sign of power a common people posses that no Government, No influential person can break! We should learn from this success.!
    We are one! We all are Pakistani, Muslim and Human. Lets stay united under this flag of humanity and hope for nothing but betterment in this country.
    May Allah guide us to the right path and help us to make our country better and safe to live in. Ameen.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 14, 2013 - 1:19PM

    Full credit to the courage shown by the Shia community and the soladirity shown by the people of Pakistan in support of them………………shame on the government and the security agencies who are oath and duty bound to provide security and good governance.

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 2:07PM

    The support extended by different sects was commendable! I salute the patience and perseverance of the protesters. But what about the root cause of the problem -LeJ?

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  • Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai
    Jan 14, 2013 - 2:28PM

    credit goes to the current democratic government as only in democracy such protest can be held and demand can be met..

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  • Worried
    Jan 14, 2013 - 2:39PM

    Thank you all mothers, sisters, children and men for your great courage, determination and patience at Quetta protest. Shame on shameless Raisani!

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  • Zee
    Jan 14, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Dear Buttler we don’t need the support of IK or anyone else we as a community displayed how peaceful protests can be carried out. Merely using this as an opportunity to raise you leader is appalling!

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  • Sunni Tehreek
    Jan 14, 2013 - 3:01PM

    My heart boils for the deceased and their relatives. Its time we stand together as one and bring these perpetrators of sectarian killing to justice.

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 3:17PM

    RIP.

    Salute to our shia community. The set an example.

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  • pakistani
    Jan 14, 2013 - 3:19PM

    i feel sorry for all these muslim brothers,,but now the question arise what can we do to avoid all these loss,,
    we must have to think all above the differance of shea and suni,,
    we should think as a muslim for our country,,our rights and for our muslim brothers,,
    in upcoming election vote the right one by using your right,,
    and save pakistan from all these enemies,,
    SAVE PAKISTAN….

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  • Patriot
    Jan 14, 2013 - 3:54PM

    Love you all ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, my heart weeps for you ,,,,, may Allah curse the establishment of Pakistan and all those who are supporting terrorism due to any reason i.e sect-love

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  • azmat
    Jan 14, 2013 - 4:07PM

    There should be a UN led inquiry into Shia genocide in Pakistan, and the elements supporting this killing.

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  • Jan 14, 2013 - 4:35PM

    My Dear Sunni brothers,

    Did you see that? Did you see how it were the Shias who united the whole nation in a matter of 3 days? People left their homes, slept on the streets, offered FAJR out on the roads during Dharnas. Shias did that without a single shot of bullet.

    How come Sunnis never came out and protested this peacefully when Data Darbar was attacked? or when Shah Ghazi’s Mazar or a Masjid was attacked?

    Reality is proof that whatever we are being taught through are Mimbur is not working. Maybe we should start attending the Khutbas of a Shia Masjid since apparently they get it and we dont.

    Wa’salaam.

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  • Adnan
    Jan 14, 2013 - 5:50PM

    It was really one of the saddest days in the History of Baluchistan. Hazara and Baloch + Pashtoon living in this part of land for decades and very peacefully despite very minute issues. We as Baloch condemn this brutal and cowardly attack on innocent people. Let me tell you For last few years HOW many Baloch sons and daughters have been killed and still disappeared and being killed on daily basis. Every day Baloch are burying 4-6 dead bodies for last 6 years continuously. I have never seen any community or any party to protest country wide basis and support Baloch. Even our Pashtoon brother do not support us – they might be taking the benefit of this situation. This is the limit now – I admire Hazara ppl to protest for getting rid of Raisani. This is time to fully involve Nationalist parties into the mainstream and take them in confidence – Otherwise it will be too late.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Jan 14, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Now with the dead buried, and governor rule imposed, will now the state functionaries, i.e., FC, police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary, bring justice upon the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.

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  • Imran
    Jan 14, 2013 - 6:17PM

    @Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai:
    come out of dubai and see what is happening in this country. people like you live outside and then see everything as fine in pakistan. what democracy has done to the people here.

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  • Tauqeer
    Jan 14, 2013 - 6:17PM

    @Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai:
    very well, good for you as you are not in pakistan.Recommend

  • Jan 14, 2013 - 6:19PM

    Stay Strong my brothers and sisters.

    All of the humanity is with you at this hour.

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  • Syed
    Jan 14, 2013 - 6:31PM

    Can someone tell me why is it that these gangs don’t get eliminated from Pakistan for good? They cause so much destruction, specially to Shia Muslims and after some protest, things cool down a bit and then the cycle starts again. We must stop blaming external forces and find out if the problems are mostly all internal. Do our security agencies get something out of this internal mess? They know who is doing this to the Shia community but after loud protests, these people go underground to come back stronger and causing more bloodshed. Please spare us Pakistanis. Now its Shia, later it will be other sunni sects.

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  • Syed
    Jan 14, 2013 - 8:19PM

    @Jibran. Now you are asking too much. They all know who they are but nothing has ever been done about it so why do you think it will be any different now?

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Jan 14, 2013 - 9:14PM

    The Hazara community taught all of us a lesson on how to stand for your rights, how to protest.

    Polite but firm, dignified with steel resolve.

    All the rest should take note, we really needed this lesson in how to protest.

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