Hazara community ends sit-in after talks with Shehryar, Jam Kamal

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Hazara community ends sit-in after talks with Shehryar, Jam Kamal

QUETTA: The Hazara community late Monday announced to decide their days-long sit-in — demanding justice for the Hazarganji blast martyrs — at the western bypass following successful talks with the minister of state for interior and Balochistan’s chief minister.
Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi and Balochistan CM Jam Kamal met with the protesters from the Hazara community after their sit-in entered the fourth day.
The road they were protesting at was subsequently opened.
While Kamal thanked the Hazara community, Afridi said peace would be given but that the protesters should give the government some time.
The community had been protesting for the last four days against the bombing, which had claimed 20 lives in Quetta on Friday.
“The Haraza community has sacrificed a lot, and also shown their patience despite [the loss of] precious human losses,” said Chief Minister Alyani, vowing “to bring to book the perpetrators of terrorist attacks”.
Despite rainfall, members of the Hazara community had continued their sit-in on Quetta’s Western Bypass, which links the city with highways.
Women and children were also part of the sit-in demanding action against the perpetrators of Hazara killings. The protesters had set up camps and burnt wood to keep warm at night.
State Minister Afridi had arrived in Quetta on Monday to review the security situation. He was accompanied by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Bukhari.
Afridi had visited the Imam Bargah located in Hazara town to condole with the bereaved family members.
Speaking to the media, Afridi said that the federal government stands with the Hazara community and that concrete steps will be taken to end the crimes against its members.
“The federal government will play its role in making sure that these heinous crimes end,” he said.
“I stand with the community and I assure you that the government has been working to ensure that such crimes end. That is why this was the first such incident to occur over the span of nine months.
“The question is, who is it that wants to create these differences between Pakistanis? Who wants to create a situation of conflict within Pakistan?
“I am saying these things and asking these questions because Pakistan’s enemies want that this country be added to the [Financial Action Task Force] blacklist. They want that at every level, including the economic level, such blows be dealt that Pakistan — God forbid — breaks apart.”
Afridi and Bukhari also called on the Balochistan chief minister and other political leaders to discuss the means to improve security and end the ongoing protest by Hazara community.
The minister was briefed about the investigation into the deadly suicide bombing, said a press release issued by the chief minister secretariat after the meeting.
The protesters had earlier refused to call off the sit-in despite repeated requests by the district administration and appeals of provincial ministers, including Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove, health minister Naseebullah Marri and others.

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