Protests halted after MWM announced burying the dead

Protests against Quetta carnage halted after Majlis Wahdat-ul Muslimeen (MWM) announced burying the bodies of blast victims on Wednesday morning. Another major bomb blast shattered the Shia Hazara community on Sunday, killing 89 people and leaving several injured.

Human rights activists, political parties and religious groups called for countrywide sits-in and protests. In Karachi, sits-in were organized in over 20 different areas including Landhi, Korangi, National Highway, Jinnah airport’s Star Gate, University Road, Abdul Hassan Isphani Road, Ayesha Manzil, Rizvia Society, Teen Talwar, Ancholi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Orangi Town, Kharadar, Safora Chowrangi, Pehlwan Goth and Hyderi, among other areas.

After the announcement made on Tuesday night, the protests in Lahore areas of Thokar Niaz Baig, Imamia Colony, Airport Road, Ferozpur Road and other areas were also called off. Similar pattern was also noticed in Karachi and other major cities. The protests in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi also came to an end.

After thorough discussion with the government, Allama Amin Shaheedi of Majlis-i-Wahdatul Muslimeen, Sardar Saadat Ali Hazara, chief of the Hazara tribe, and Qayyum Changezi of the Quetta Yekjehati Council announced that they would end their sit-in and bury the dead. They proclaimed that the government had vowed an army operation to enhance security in the region.

“We are going to end our sit-in and protest and ask the protesters across the country to end their sit-in and disperse peacefully,” Allama Shaheedi said. “We have formed a three-member committee to monitor the fulfillment of the federal and the provincial governments about the army operation and we will launch sit-ins and protest again if another act of terrorism takes place again.”

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