Pakistan, Quetta News – Funeral prayers for last weeks Quetta blast victims, belonging to the Hazara Shia community, were offered on Monday, more than three days after a series of explosions claimed over a hundred lives in the provincial capital.
Funeral prayers (Namaz-e-Janaza) were offered in the afternoon after Zuhr, following which the bodies were being buried in Quetta’s Bahiste Zainab graveyard.
Members of the Hazara Shia community, who were the main victims in the explosions, had refused to bury their loved ones, staging a sit-in in freezing cold on Alamdar Road along with the bodies.
The community ended their almost four-day demonstration Monday after the federal government accepted their demands for protection by sacking the provincial government.
Following talks by the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf with Shia leaders in the wee hours of Sunday, President Asif Ali Zardari invoked Article 234 of the Constitution, dismissing the provincial assembly and instating Governor Zulfikar Ali Magsi as the Chief Executive of the province.
“After holding consultations with all the stakeholders, we have decided to invoke Article 234 of the Constitution. Governor’s rule is being imposed in the province and the provincial government is being dismissed,” the premier had announced in front of the Hazara representatives.
A leader of the Qaumi Yakjehti Council (QYC) told DawnNews that since the government had agreed to accept the demands, the council had decided to end the sit-in.
“The protest has been called off, burials will be after Zuhr (afternoon) prayers,” Shia leader Sadat Ali Khan had earlier announced at the protest.
Furthermore, the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) also ended its hunger strike which it had been holding in front of the office of Inspector General (IG) Balochistan Police in Quetta. AFP