Quetta protesters divided over burials

Relatives not satisfied with steps taken by government, demand immediate implementation.


Web Desk February 20, 2013
File photo of Shia Muslim mourners sit beside the coffins of blast victims at a mosque. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

QUETTA: Protesters in Quetta are divided regarding the burials of their loved ones in the aftermath of Tuesday's call to end the nationwide protests, with many saying that they will not bury their dead until their demands are fulfilled,  Express News reported.

The call was made in a media briefing after the conclusion of successful negotiations between Quetta's Shia councils and the six man government mission headed by Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira.

While many of the survivors buried their loved ones, some protesters continued with their protests. Police and security officials resorted to aerial firing to disperse the angry crowd.

Member of Quetta United Council (QUC) Haji Abdul Karim said, “people who are protesting are not related to the dead and relatives are ready for the burial. ”

Earlier on Wednesday, the coffins were neatly lined and most carried the pictures of the victims of the Sunday carnage.

Earlier, Express News reported that Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) General Secretary Allama Amin Shaheedi said that even though an earlier announcement calling off the protests had been opposed but, Shia leaders and grieving relatives finally agreed to bury the dead after hours of intense negotiations.  He was addressing a press conference.

The relatives of the victims, who spoke during the press conference, had said that even though they had agreed to end the sit-in and bury the dead, their demands had to be implemented immediately. The victims were to be buried today at 9am.

In the earlier media briefing, Kaira remarked that in subsequent operations, four terrorists were killed and 170 suspects were nabbed for questioning and investigations.

Kaira had promised the operation would “arrest all the culprits and eliminate them” and said a committee would be set up to oversee the protesters’ demands for compensation, protection and jobs for families of the victims.

Today, the bodies were taken to the graveyard but many families stopped the authorities from burying them as they felt their protest had gone in vain and demands had not been fulfilled.

COMMENTS (6)

Stranger | 8 years ago | Reply

I think the solution is to have more people from this region in the parliament as representatives. they can raise questions and subjects bothering their region and sort them out , solve them out .

rukhsanashama | 8 years ago | Reply

@m omar: It is not about freedom of speech. I am talking about the outfits who have not only claimed the responsibility of the recent two bombings, but are also extremists in their ways! And above all, we all know the kind of havoc they are playing with the country, but we still want to remain in denial...

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