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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Parliamentary delegation arrives in Quetta to meet protesters


Hazaras shout slogans as they protest against the bombing which killed 89 people, in Quetta on February 18, 2013. Thousands of members of the Shia community refused for a third day on Tuesday to bury victims of a devastating bomb attack on their community, demanding protection against record levels of sectarian violence. — AFP Photo

A six-member parliamentary delegation met with Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi on Tuesday prior to talks with participants of a sit-in being staged in Quetta against Saturday’s carnage, DawnNews reported.

The delegation comprised of Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP MNA Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, PPP MNA Nadeem Afzal Chan, PPP Senator Sughra Imam, PPP MNA Yasmeen Rehman and Federal Minister for Political Affairs Maula Bakhsh Chandio.

Thousands of Hazara men, women and children are continuing their protest sit-in for the third consecutive day. They refuse to bury those who died in Saturday’s explosion on Kirani Road, HazaraTown, unless action is taken against the perpetrators.

The protesters’ demand at all these places is the same: Call in the army in Quetta and take immediate action against the extremist militant group, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, which in recent months has played havoc with Shias, mainly the peaceful Hazara community of Balochistan, through a string of attacks.

The delegation is expected to hold negotiations with the protesters and convince them to bury the victims.

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