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Yakjehti Council refuses to burry dead as sit-in continues

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 13, 2013 | Last Updated: 9 years ago
Posted: Jan 13, 2013 | Last Updated: 9 years ago

Staff ReportQUETTA: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf failed to convince leaders of the Quetta Yakjehti Council (QYC) to end a protest over the killing of nearly 100 members in twin bomb attacks in Quetta.QYC leaders saying their dead would not be buried till their demands are met.The sit-in entered its third day today as the premier flew to Quetta to assess the security situation.According to reports, Prime Minister Ashraf discussed the issue with coalition partners and parliamentary leaders of the Balochistan Government. MQM chief Altaf Hussain, PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and ANP reportedly supported the imposition of governor rule in Quetta. But the move was opposed by Balochistan’s MPs. According to reports, a delegation of leaders of the Majlis-e-Wahdat Muslimeen met the premier and reiterated its demand for the dismissal of the Balochistan Chief Minister and his government and for the army to be given control of Quetta.Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Ashraf chaired a meeting to review the law and order situation in Balochistan.Senior civil and security officials, including Governor Zulfiqar Magsi, briefed the premier on the situation in the wake of the bomb attacks on Thursday.TV news channels reported that the premier had spoken to Law Minister Farooq Naek on phone to discuss legal options open to the government.Reports from Quetta said several people who were protesting in the open with the bodies of their dead since Friday had developed health problems, including cold and pneumonia.Many Hazara Shias sat near the bodies wrapped in shrouds with photos of the dead.A strike was observed in Quetta on the call of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party.The Muttahida Qaumi Movement asked people across Pakistan to observe the day as “Youm-e-sog” (day of mourning).Protests by civil society and Shia groups also continued in towns and cities across Pakistan, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala, Chakwal, Peshawar, Gilgit and Parachinar.At most place, the protestors said they would remain on the roads till the dead are buried in Quetta. SAMAA

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