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Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shia Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs.

Thousands of women refused Monday to bury victims of  another bloody bombing and a strike shut down Pakistan's biggest city Karachi as protesters across the country demanded protection for Shia Muslims. — Photos by Agencies

Pakistanis hold candles during a protest condemning the bombing attack that took place in Quetta last Saturday, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The families of scores of victims of the bombing in Quetta have refused to bury their relatives until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. ? AP Photo
Pakistanis hold candles during a protest condemning the bombing attack that took place in Quetta last Saturday, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. The families of scores of victims of the bombing in Quetta have refused to bury their relatives until authorities take action against the militants who were responsible. ? AP Photo
Pakistanis hold candles during a protest condemning the bombing attack that took place in Quetta last Saturday, in Islamabad, Pakistan. ? AP Photo
Pakistanis hold candles during a protest condemning the bombing attack that took place in Quetta last Saturday, in Islamabad, Pakistan. ? AP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims shout slogans as they protest against the bombing which killed 89 people, in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims shout slogans as they protest against the bombing which killed 89 people, in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
A family portrait is pictured on a coffin as Pakistani Shiite Muslims gather around the coffins of bomb attack victims on the second day of protests following the blast. ? AFP Photo
A family portrait is pictured on a coffin as Pakistani Shiite Muslims gather around the coffins of bomb attack victims on the second day of protests following the blast. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims gather to protest against a devastating bomb attack in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims gather to protest against a devastating bomb attack in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
A Shia Muslim woman cries during a protest against Saturday's bombing, in Lahore February 18, 2013. ? Reuters Photo
A Shia Muslim woman cries during a protest against Saturday's bombing, in Lahore February 18, 2013. ? Reuters Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslim shouts slogans to protest against the bombing which killed 89 people, in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslim shouts slogans to protest against the bombing which killed 89 people, in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims gather around the coffins of bomb attack victims as they demonstrate in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani Shia Muslims gather around the coffins of bomb attack victims as they demonstrate in Quetta on February 18, 2013. ? AFP Photo
Pakistani relatives of Saturday's bombing victims mourn next to their bodies in a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. ? AP Photo
Pakistani relatives of Saturday's bombing victims mourn next to their bodies in a mosque in Quetta, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Angry residents on Sunday demanded government protection from an onslaught of attacks against Shiite Muslims, a day after scores of people were killed in a massive bombing that a local official said was a sign that security agencies were too scared to do their jobs. ? AP Photo

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Syed rizvi Feb 19, 2013 07:47pm
Can some institution come forward and save pakistan from destruction,please dont delaynandcontrolthe situation,it diesnt matter who.act now,before it is too late this A Sos call
syed asif zafar Feb 19, 2013 02:17pm
Pakistan need fresh & fare goverement to deal all issues .Pakistan need to esablish new force.Because ploice cannot do any thing.They do have any training to deal any law in order problems facing pakistan.I belive pakistan need to establish new force wthich help some current army force plus exarmy people and some new faces.establish force call CIVIL SECURITY FORCE (CSF) and police deptt.complete shutdown and reappoint some good one in new force. Syed Asif jeddah
Ali Feb 19, 2013 04:00pm
i have strong reservations and grief over the incumbent brutal killings of the inocent hazara community. which should end as soon as possible and the governmeent should meet their demands on the democratic footings. i strongly condemn the current killings, hope the government will take the miscreants on book and deal with them with iron hands.
Jabeen Feb 19, 2013 10:11am
I have no problem with shias but what bothers me as a Muslim is what's written on the coffins in one of the photos.
Mueed Feb 20, 2013 06:12am
why does it bother you?!? Beacause you cant stand the sight of diversity of thought?!
Lala Feb 20, 2013 08:19pm
What is wrong with "Labbaek Yaa Hussain"? As per the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Hasan and Hussain are the Kings of Jannaat, so why not have their names on the coffin when it is them these shaheeds will eventually meet.
Ali Jaffery Feb 21, 2013 02:19pm
No name is bigger than the name of our Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) then why don't we write his name on the coffin? cause its disrespect my friend, that's why we don't write Hasan or Hussain's name on the coffin also. P.S I am not a Sunni or a Shia, I am what my Prophet (P.B.U.H) was "A MUSLIM"