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Quetta’s Hazaras want better security as protest enters second day

April 13, 2019
They have blocked the Western Bypass

Hazaras in Quetta staged a protest for the second day after a blast killed 20 people, including two children, in Hazarganji on Friday. 

The protest has been continuing for 24 consecutive hours. Their main demand is better security for their community.

The blast in Hazarganji, a predominantly Hazara neighbourhood, occurred at a vegetable market. A Frontier Constabulary soldier was also killed in the blast. Over 40 people were injured, most of them Hazaras.

Saturday's protest saw hundreds of Hazaras blocking the Western Bypass. They set tyres on fire to stop traffic and sat on the road. The protesters included women and young children.

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So far, there has been no progress in their talks with the government. The demonstrators say they won't move until the government promises that they will be provided security.
Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi is currently in Quetta and is expected to meet the protesters. He has already visited the families of victims of the blast to condole with them.

Speaking to the media, he said terrorists have no religion. He also stressed the importance of implementing the National Action Plan.

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