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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Quetta tragedy: End to country-wide sit-ins announced

February 19, 2013 - Updated 1827 PKT
From Web Edition

QUETTA: The sit-ins/protests to show solidarity with the martyrs of Quetta tragedy have been called off after the negotiations between the Hazara community leaders and government concluded successfully, Geo News reported

The announcement was made at a press conference following a successful meeting between the government delegation led by Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi and elders/Ulema leading the main sit-in in Quetta.

During the press conference, Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen leader, Allama Ameen Shahidi, appealed to all the protestors in the country to call it a day and go home.

"I appeal to all my friends to peacefully disperse. God forbid, if such a tragedy befell us again we will go for countrywide sit-ins once more", said Shahidi.

According to sources, consensus was reached on the constitution of a three-member committee to evaluate the targeted operations being conducted in the province.

Leaders of the Shia Ulema Council and Shia Solidarity Council were also present during the talks with the government.

Announcing to start the burial of the martyrs, the chief of the Hazara tribe, Sardar Saadat Ali Hazara directed the Hazara community to prepare for the last rites of their departed dear and end the sit-in.

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said compensation will be given to the families of the victims.

Meanwhile sit-ins in Karachi were also ended.

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