Families of Quetta tragedy victims agree to end protests

Dead will be buried in Quetta at 9 am on February 20.


Muhammad Zafar February 19, 2013

QUETTA: The families of the victims of Quetta bombing have agreed to bury their dead, hours after they had rejected the shia leaders’ agreement with the government to end sit-ins across the country.

Early on Wednesday, families of the victims gathered along with shia leader Allama Amin Shahidi and told the media that the families had accepted the agreement and that they will be burying their dead at 9 am on Wednesday.

Shahidi assured that the decision was being announced after the families had agreed to it.

Asked about protests continuing in other parts of the country, Shahidi said that they had been directed to wait for this press conference so that they can hear the decision from the families of the victims.

Over 80 residents of the Shia Hazara neighbourhood in Quetta were killed when over 800 kilogrammes of explosives packed in a vehicle detonated in the middle of a busy bazaar on February 6.

The attack led to countrywide agitation, with families refusing to bury their loved ones till their demands of the army taking over the city and targeted operation against the perpetrators were met.

On Tuesday, the groups leading the protests - Majlis-e-Wehdat-e-Muslameen (MWM), Unity Council of Quetta, Shia Ulema Council and All Pakistan Shia Action Committee - called for an end to the nationwide protests and sit-ins after talks with government representatives.

The families of the victims have, however, refused to budge. The heirs want the culprits to be immediately arrested and hanged in public.

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User | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Its still so sad to hear that victims of the family haven't been compensated for the earlier event, although I believe that there is no material replacement to human life. These people don't even have proper tools or infra-structure and I have seen local people digging mass graveyards with broken stuff. People of Pakistan need to express some more solidarity with people of Hazara even after burial of their loved ones by social boycotting the people who have been brain-washed by LeJ and related community. There are some pages on Facebook that are still expressing hate and people should help report them. It is our moral responsibility.

User | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Kaira convinced Allama Amin Shahidi and he announced the sit-in from the entire Pakistan, but the agitators refused and said that they will continue for the sit-in.

No one knows that how much money was paid to Allama Amin Shahidi who got hold of few agitators and convinced them to speak in front of the TV cameras, gave their individual statements, so that sit-in should come to a conclusion from the entire country.

It was a very unfortunate incident that happened just after one month.

The first Quetta carnage of the year 2013 took place on January 13, in which 86 people got killed and left many injured. The second Quetta carnage took place on February 16, in which 89 people were killed and 200 people got injured.

As the PPP is running an incompetent government, people are afraid that the third carnage may taes place in another one months time. There are so many people who have migrated from Quetta due to the fear of Third carnage in Quetta.

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