Pakistan, Quetta News – Families refusing to bury their dead after twin bombings in Quetta vowed to continue their sit-in protest Saturday until the army takes over security.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered on the main road near the snooker hall that was the scene of Thursday’s twin suicide attacks, alongside more than 60 coffins carrying the victims’ shrouded bodies, senior administration official Hashim Ghilzai said.
Families say they will not leave until authorities agree to put the security and administration of the city under army control.
“The government machinery has failed, there is no protection for people in Quetta,” Hashim Mausawi said.
“We will not end our protest until we get an assurance that the Pakistan army will take over security and administrative control in Quetta.”
“We are trying to convince them to end the protest. We cannot offer them something which is not in our control,” Ghilzai told AFP after the bodies had remained on the road for about 30 hours, saying it was up to the government to decide whether to call in troops.
In a separate protest, more than 500 workers and supporters of the Hazara Democratic Party gathered outside the office of the provincial police chief in the city as its leader Abdul Khaliq went on a three-day hunger strike against lack of security.
“We want an immediate takeover of Quetta by the army,” Khaliq said.
“The protest sit-in by hundreds of our supporters will continue for three days after which we will decide our future course of action.”
The government in Baluchistan announced three days of morning after the bombings. It was the deadliest attack in Pakistan since suicide bombers killed 98