In pictures: Protests in cities against Quetta bombings

Published January 12, 2013
People chant slogans during a protest rally in Karachi on January 11, 2013, against the bomb attacks in Quetta. Extremist bomb attacks killed 125 people in one of Pakistan's deadliest days for years, raising concerns about rising violence in the nuclear-armed country ahead of general elections. – Photo by AFP
People chant slogans during a protest rally in Karachi on January 11, 2013, against the bomb attacks in Quetta. Extremist bomb attacks killed 125 people in one of Pakistan's deadliest days for years, raising concerns about rising violence in the nuclear-armed country ahead of general elections. – Photo by AFP
People chant slogans in a protest in Quetta on Jan 11, 2013, against the bomb attacks. – Photo by AFP
People chant slogans in a protest in Quetta on Jan 11, 2013, against the bomb attacks. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani media representatives hold pictures of killed journalists during a protest in Quetta on January 11, 2013, against the bomb attacks. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani media representatives hold pictures of killed journalists during a protest in Quetta on January 11, 2013, against the bomb attacks. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani journalists shout slogans against the killing of media persons, in bomb attacks in Quetta, at a protest in Karachi on January 11, 2013. Saif-ur-Rehman was among 92 people who died in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Quetta. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani journalists shout slogans against the killing of media persons, in bomb attacks in Quetta, at a protest in Karachi on January 11, 2013. Saif-ur-Rehman was among 92 people who died in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Quetta. – Photo by AFP
) A boy holds a candle while he and his mother take part in a protest to condemn Thursday's deadly bombings in Quetta, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, January 11, 2013. – Photo by AP
) A boy holds a candle while he and his mother take part in a protest to condemn Thursday's deadly bombings in Quetta, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, January 11, 2013. – Photo by AP
Members of various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) hold placards and an image of a victim during a protest against bomb blasts a day earlier in Quetta, in Islamabad January 11, 2013. – Photo by Reuters
Members of various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) hold placards and an image of a victim during a protest against bomb blasts a day earlier in Quetta, in Islamabad January 11, 2013. – Photo by Reuters
People hold banners and candles during a protest to condemn Thursday's deadly bombings in Quetta, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, January 11, 2013. – Photo by AP
People hold banners and candles during a protest to condemn Thursday's deadly bombings in Quetta, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, January 11, 2013. – Photo by AP
People chant slogans next to the bodies of their relatives awaiting burial, who were killed in Thursday's deadly bombings, at a protest rally on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Quetta. – Photo by AP
People chant slogans next to the bodies of their relatives awaiting burial, who were killed in Thursday's deadly bombings, at a protest rally on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Quetta. – Photo by AP
Supporters of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) religious group attend a protest against the bomb blasts in Quetta a day earlier, in Lahore January 11, 2013. The banner reads, "Bloody Quetta. Stop the mass murder of Shi'ites in Baluchistan and impose a state of emergency."  – Photo by Reuters
Supporters of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) religious group attend a protest against the bomb blasts in Quetta a day earlier, in Lahore January 11, 2013. The banner reads, "Bloody Quetta. Stop the mass murder of Shi'ites in Baluchistan and impose a state of emergency." – Photo by Reuters
Shi'ite leader Mohammad Hussain Karimi addresses a protest rally organised by the religious group Majlis-e- Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) in Karachi, January 11, 2013, to condemn the bomb blasts in Quetta a day earlier, and the killings of Shiites.  – Photo by Reuters
Shi'ite leader Mohammad Hussain Karimi addresses a protest rally organised by the religious group Majlis-e- Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) in Karachi, January 11, 2013, to condemn the bomb blasts in Quetta a day earlier, and the killings of Shiites. – Photo by Reuters
Supporters of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) religious group shout slogans during a protest against the bomb blasts a day earlier in Quetta, in Lahore January 11, 2013. – Photo by Reuters
Supporters of the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) religious group shout slogans during a protest against the bomb blasts a day earlier in Quetta, in Lahore January 11, 2013. – Photo by Reuters

In solidarity with the families and friends of the victims who were killed in the January 10 Quetta blasts, hundreds protested in Karachi, Islamabad and Quetta itself condemning the mass killing of Shias.

A sit-in at Quetta’s Alamdar Road is also being staged by hundreds of people from the Hazara community for over 20 hours so far. The participants of the sit-in have refused to bury the dead until the army takes control of the city.

Meanwhile, the government and political parties have largely remained silent on the violent killing of more than a hundred Pakistanis on Thursday.

In a development, the prime minister has given policing power to the Frontier Corps in Quetta to assist the Balochistan government in maintaining peace in the provincial capital. - Photos by Agencies

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