The portrait of a bombing victim is seen during a demonstration by Hazara Shia Muslims in Quetta, Pakistan on Jan 12, 2013. —AFP Photo

QUETTA: The sit-in at Quetta's Alamdar Road staged by hundreds of people from the Hazara Shia community was ongoing on Saturday after the passing of nearly 24 hours since it started, DawnNews reported.

The participants of the sit-in have refused to bury the dead until the army takes control of the provincial capital.

Police in Quetta had earlier said that the protest had ended, but Shia leader Ibrahim Hazara said Saturday that it would continue until the city was handed over to the army and the provincial government dismissed.

Some 50 coffins remain on the provincial capital’s Alamdar Road, the Associated Press reported.

Moreover, the Qaumi Yakjehti Council has announced that it would expand the perimeter of its protest to the cantonment check post.

Also on Saturday, the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) took out a protest rally in Quetta against terrorist attacks in the city.

Participants of the rally held banners and placards condemning the recent unrest in Balochistan, including incidents of targeted killings, bomb blasts and other unrest.

The rally took various roads and routes and concluded near the office of Inspector General Balochistan Police.

The protesters said the provincial government had failed in establishing peace and law and order in the city and demanded that Quetta be handed over to the army.

The sit-in and protest comes in the wake of multiple bomb blasts in Quetta which claimed at least 104 lives. Eighty-six of those killed in the attacks were from the Hazara Shia community.

Policing powers delegated to FC

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday issued directives to delegate policing powers to the Frontier Corps in Quetta.

The premier issued the directives after a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

The FC has been directed to assist the Balochistan government in maintaining peace and controlling the law and order situation in the province in the wake of the multiple bombings that have claimed the lives of over 100 people.

PM phones Governor Magsi

Prime Minister Ashraf telephoned Governor Balochistan Zulfikar Magsi and the two discussed the situation in Quetta in the wake of the multiple blasts.

The premier, in his call, directed the provincial governor to take all steps necessary to ensure the protection of the citizens' lives and properties.

He added that the federal government was ready to assist the provincial government to ensure the citizen's security.

Prime Minister Ashraf moreover said that those wounded in the wake of the attacks should be treated with maximum care.

PM directs CM Balochistan to return to Quetta

Prime Minister Ashraf on Saturday directed Chief Minister Balochistan Aslam Raisani, who is reportedly abroad, to return to Pakistan immediately.

The prime minister also directed Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira to travel to Quetta without delay.

Altaf calls for protesters' demands to be met

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday stated that the federal and Balochistan governments should immediately accept the demands put forth by the grieving relatives of those killed in the explosions in the provincial capital.

He added that not only should the governments pay heed to the demands of the protesters, they should also accept them and take steps to resolve their issues.

Hussain said it was "highly unfortunate" that "all political leaders and political parties were silent" when the relatives of those killed had been holding a sit-in with the bodies of their loves ones for the past 20 hours.


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Comments (48) (Closed)


Ganesh (India)
Jan 12, 2013 07:02am
Just a phone call and informing governer to treat injured with maximum care.. More than 100 people are killed!!!! Prime minister or home minister dont feel they should visit the sight and console affected people???...
omer khan shaheen
Jan 12, 2013 07:21am
Wake up Pakistan and safe guard all your people rather then pockets. I was hoping someone brave enough would visit?
Wajeeh
Jan 12, 2013 07:29am
Present government is least concerned about the security of people; its first concern was completion of 5yrs and now intends to be re-elcted. State and its security forces all are responsible for this bloodshed taking place all over the country. chain of sad events no end in sight.
ZAFAR IQBAL
Jan 12, 2013 07:34am
Their demand should be met.Why Army hesitates to take over Quetta. how long people will face this brutal and inhuman act by the terrorist ?
Jack
Jan 12, 2013 07:34am
Is any one hearing the plea of the Hazaras?
Marina
Jan 12, 2013 07:36am
These blasts have become a routine, if PM start visiting every blast he would not be left with a single minute to solve other problem of the country in 'huge interest of the nation'.
zaheer
Jan 12, 2013 07:45am
Army Should take control of the Quetta. We Strongly condemned these brutal happenings in Quetta again and again.
Indian
Jan 12, 2013 08:07am
How many people have to die before government will take action to prevent such things from happening in future and nab and punish the culprits?
Marina
Jan 12, 2013 08:07am
How come the sixth sense and reliable sources of Rehman Malik failed to warn the people of QUETTA ?
saulat
Jan 12, 2013 08:17am
Army Should Take over the country After taking over Quetta ... there should be a sit in islamabad for it ... enough of these Politicians
rez
Jan 12, 2013 08:23am
Its time the Army takes control
Junaid
Jan 12, 2013 08:29am
Pakistan is killing itself. Self destructing virus has entered Pakistan.
Nony
Jan 12, 2013 08:36am
corrupt politicians, politicised army, out of control religious sects and illeterate common men, combine them all and you will find what Pakistan has become today.
wisdom
Jan 12, 2013 08:42am
This reminds me of those famous lines; when changed to fit the Pakistani context they could go like this - "First they came for the Hindus and I did not speak out because I was not a Hindu. Then they came for the Christians and I did not speak out because I was not a Christian. Then they came for the Ahmediyas and I did not speak out because I was not an Ahmediya. Then they came for the Shias and I still did not speak out because I was not a Shia. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me."
SaneVoice
Jan 12, 2013 08:54am
Not even a single statement from the government in response to the protests? A statement of support, some sort of action or intent shown, anything... dead people lay in open skies and the government is least bothered. This is truly tragic, I hope they continue their protest until something is done. We stand with you. I don't understand why direct attention isn't being paid to this by the highest offices. Sad.
Saad
Jan 12, 2013 09:02am
You mean peace and security is not something which is in huge interest of the nation, albeit the fact no one from abroad wants to invest in Pakistan because of this reason?
Kazim
Jan 12, 2013 09:11am
Not a SINGLE so called people's representative has visited or at the very least condemned the massacre so far. What is there to expect from this government, its allies or the rest of the political parties? There are women, children and the elderly participating in this sit-in taking place in near freezing weather since the past 24 hours. WHAT MORE DO THEY NEED TO RAISE ATTENTION TO THEIR PLIGHT!!!!!
rabiafaizy
Jan 12, 2013 09:15am
The Chief Minister of Baluchistan is 'reportedly abroad'...How come the Chief Minister of a province of which hundreds of people have just been killed is still abroad? And why 'reportedly'? Either he is abroad or he isn't. Does no one know where he is? And does the PM have to ask the man to return? Is this a Kindergarden?
Ali Kh
Jan 12, 2013 09:30am
You cannot compare this incident with all the regular bomb blasts! 100s of people have died ..and the top govt officials should go and pamper the affected people! They should be told that we are with them in this hard time.
Syed
Jan 12, 2013 09:34am
I wonder what an Indian got to do with all this !
Syed
Jan 12, 2013 09:40am
116people slaughtered in one day in a country. With both media and government turning a deaf ear clearly indicates their complicity in this genocide of a minority sect. Let us all be assured, these killers that have been systematically created and supported by state machinery will not stop only at Shias. Please raise your voice before its too late
Ali Aamir
Jan 12, 2013 09:52am
these mindless politicians can do nothing, Quetta should be handed over to army and army should start operation against these banned organisation such laskar e jhangvi and tehreek e taliban pakistan and it makes no sense that these organisations are banned and still they exist...........
AAK
Jan 12, 2013 10:08am
What other problems has the PM ever solved?? This govt is a total failure.
Indian
Jan 12, 2013 10:15am
Pakistan ...... a failed state indeed.........
fatima
Jan 12, 2013 10:25am
no one is bothering here .................why ? becoz no one has interest ......... where is govermnment ,rahman malik ,shabaz sharif nawaz sharif.................... where is army? army see in cold they r just demanding their right..............................................................please pakistani's woke up.........and plz do some pity on Quaid and give his soul rest in peace..............
Malik Ahmad
Jan 12, 2013 10:35am
The PM has solved "other problems" already. It would be few days of rapid delivery of statements and after that everything would be hunky dory. In Pakistan, we rapid create problems and than rapidly "solve" them also. Long live Pakistan and its democracy
khanm
Jan 12, 2013 10:38am
probably the entire Pakistan
ALI RIZVI
Jan 12, 2013 11:04am
Media is playing roll prejudice. unfortunately no one channel is giving coverage? especially electronic media. its not independent media...non issues are always made in "RED SLIDE" instead of real issues..as far as government is concerned. Government have totally failed to protect and save people life. Army will have to decide who is real enemy?
Eyes Wide Shut
Jan 12, 2013 11:18am
Where's Mr Raisani?
Reza
Jan 12, 2013 11:19am
It seems from the response of the Media and people in general that this all is happening in a far away land and with people whom we have no affiliation with.No solidarity no camaraderie, where is this is very much Pakistan and very mush our MUSLIM brother sisters and kids being blown to pieces every day.
ishrat salim
Jan 12, 2013 11:45am
Is this not a huge problem that has made other issues look small...even SC had passed orders that the provincial govt has failed to protect the lives of its people & has no constitutional right to carry on, yet no serious action was taken rather SC was advised to leave political problems to political parties & Parliament to solve...has it been solved ?
Abid
Jan 12, 2013 11:52am
The storm is comming?
Cyrus Howell
Jan 12, 2013 12:06pm
How many people are there in Pakistan?
Danish Jaffery
Jan 12, 2013 12:25pm
"PM directing Mr so-and-so to travel to Quetta, calling so-and-so, giving orders to Mr so-and-so......." In all this tragedy, where is Mr Zardari, the supposedly saviour of democracy, isn't he the President of Pakistan, isn't he even bothered after all this? We don't want their compensatory money, keep the money yourself....all my Hazara people want is justice and protection.
mazhar sultan
Jan 12, 2013 12:46pm
This government ha failed miserably to implement law and order in the country they should leave and let capable learned educated people who knows how to handle the situation and implement the policies and law and order its is high time enough is enough we already have lost lot of lives
Nasir
Jan 12, 2013 12:52pm
This is time that Sunni's should start a movement to protect their Shia brothers. We should come out on the streets and in social media, and send a message the sectarianist that they are not among us. We all should protect our Shia brothers, and if terrorist want to harm them, they would have to start with us. This is a genocide and we are all responsible.
imran
Jan 12, 2013 01:26pm
ISI And other intelligence agencies are a failure but so far no one has resigned or fired .
Abdullah Hussain
Jan 12, 2013 01:51pm
It is a matter of great shame that these innocent peoples are being killed at regular interwell. Is there anyone who would listen to them. If no action is taken immediately to deploy the troops in Quetta things might get out of hand and the current government will be responsible for it.
danial tariq
Jan 12, 2013 01:55pm
It is high time that the security over Balochistan should be a prime concern for federal government. I mean how long the people over there will suffer these conditions and scenerio...
danial tariq
Jan 12, 2013 01:58pm
I think ganesh is very right...But what to say about this sort of virtual proincial government which spends most of its time in karachi... I mean its so brutal and the anger, anguish and resentment in the hearts and mind of people of baolchistan is purely understandable and overdue...
Iqbal khan
Jan 12, 2013 01:58pm
I always had high regards for our army but I have come to this conclusion that army and big hyped ISI are not doing a good job saving this country from our enemies.Sorry guys.
asad
Jan 12, 2013 02:10pm
i just have a simple question, why were these more than 85 pakistanis killed???? why???
Naimat
Jan 12, 2013 02:18pm
There is mistake in this report. I want Dawn to rectify it. There are "THOUSANDS" of people in the protest. In the report it is mentioned as HUNDREDS of PEOPLE. Kindly Rectify the Report.
Naimat
Jan 12, 2013 02:21pm
There is mistake in this report. I want Dawn to rectify it. There are
Concerned
Jan 12, 2013 03:27pm
'PM needs time to solve other problems of the country' - What else is more important to the PM than to safeguard the life of a citizen??? Isn
Karachiwalla
Jan 12, 2013 05:34pm
Marina that is not excuse when over 100 people are killed in a day. This is not 10 to 15 people killed which happens every day. Bilawal should take lead and put high officials to shame. Only Altafbhai is always standing with oppressed people
AHA
Jan 13, 2013 01:11pm
Will a Sunni religious group come out to the streets to protest against those killings. PS. Am I nuts, or something.
Hasan
Jan 13, 2013 06:29am
simple answer, "because they were Shias"..