Funeral Prayers of Martyrs: Strike observed in Quetta

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Wednesday, 21 September 2011

shiitenews QuettaSectarianviolencefuneralA complete shutter-down strike was observed in Quetta to protest the killing of 26 Shia pilgrims in Mastung,  however, Shia pilgrims who were martyred yesterday in a tragic target killing incident in Mastung, have been laid to rest in the provincial capital amid tears and sobs of grief on Wednesday. Despite the yesterday tragic incident no security personnel were deployed at any imambargah or cemetery in the city. 

According to the Shiite News Correspondent, The strike was observed on the call of Ittehad-e-Tajirin Balochistan, Hazara Democratic Party, Tahafuz-e-Azadari Council, Majlis-e-Wehdat
Muslameen (MWM) and Jaffaria Alliance Pakistan.Shops located on Alamdar Road, Hazara Town and Mariabad have been closed, while tension prevails in most areas against the target killing of Shia Muslims.

The protesters including Hazara Community members raised slogans against the government, demanding Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani to resign from his office forthwith, as according to them, he was responsible for the incident.

Lady protesters demanded United Nations to take urgent notice of the incident, as the government did nothing substantial in this connection.

A Three days mourning had also been announced by Tahafaz-e-Azadari Council, Majlis-e-Wehdat Muslameen and Shia Ulema Council.

Police have also arrested several suspects, many of them Afghans, in a crackdown against those involved in the attack in the Mastung area.

Nazir Ahmad Kurd, senior police officer, told AFP that 85 people had been taken into custody during a search operation to find the attackers.

“These people have been taken into custody for questioning. Those proven innocent will be released later,” Kurd told said.

The Shia community in Balochistan came under attack when 29 people were killed in two separate, targeted incidents claimed by banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

At least 26 people were killed and six others injured in Ganjidori area of Mastung, about 30 kilometres southeast of Quetta, when a group of armed men attacked a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Quetta to Iran.

Hours later, three more people, hailing from the Hazara community, were gunned down near Akhtarabad area of Quetta as their rescue team made its way to the site of the bus attack. Two others were also shot.

HRCP slams government over killings

Pakistan’s independent rights watchdog said the killers had been emboldened by a persistent lack of action against sectarian militant groups, which have been implicated in thousands of deaths in past years.

Tuesday’s attack “exposes once again the diminishing writ of the state,” warned the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

“Continued sectarian bloodshed across the country… is a direct consequence of the authorities’ perpetual failure to take note of sectarian killings in Quetta which have been going on for many years,” it added.

It was the deadliest attack on Shias in Pakistan since September 4, 2010 when a suicide bomber killed at least 57 people at a rally in Quetta.

“The government must move beyond rhetoric and its current casual and reactive approach to law and order challenges and start functioning as a responsible authority,” said the HRCP.

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