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Strike in Karachi Today (Quetta Tragedy)

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Condemning the Kirani Road carnage political parties, business groups, and transporters have backed the strike call by Shia Ulema Council (SUC) in the city for today.

Quetta Tragedy

Quetta Tragedy

The powerful bomb in a packed bazaar in Hazara town on Saturday killed more than 80 people and injured over 170 others, several of them are reported in critical condition.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League – Functional, Sunni Tehreek, and Jamiat Ulema Islam Pakistan have supported the call for peaceful strike against the tragedy.

President Karachi Transport Ittehad, Irshad Bukhari backed the call and said the transporters will not bring vehicles on road.

All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI) have also supported the SUCโ€™s stance for peaceful protests and announced to keep all the businesses shut today.

Several bar associations including Sindh High Court Bar and Karachi Bar said that the lawyers would boycott all court proceedings on Monday.

All Private School Management have announced to close all the schools.

Protestors are holding sit-ins across city to share the grief of over 80 people died in Saturdayโ€™s deadly blast. They reiterated to continue protest unless demands of Quetta protestors are met.

The authorities have blocked the access to Bilawal House, Chief Minister House and Governor House. Red Zone area is completely sealed.

Reuters adds: The families of the some of the victims have said they will not bury their dead until the army steps in to protect Shias, said Hasnain Zaidi, a spokesman for an alliance of Shia groups called Majlis Wahdat al Muslimeen.

Muslim tradition requires that bodies are buried as soon as possible and leaving them above ground is a potent expression of grief and pain.

“The situation is very tense,” Zaidi told Reuters. “Thirty five bodies were burned beyond recognition. The families will hold a long march to Islamabad if the army does not step in.”

The death toll from the bombing rose overnight, with most of the casualties in the main bazaar of the southwestern city, the capital of Baluchistan and near the border with Afghanistan. The attack targeted ethnic Hazara Shias.

“The terrorist attack on the Hazara community in Quetta is a failure of the intelligence and security forces,” Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, governor of Baluchistan province, said while touring a hospital.

Leaders of the Hazara community called on the government to take decisive action, and Pakistanis warned that sectarian violence was spiraling out of control ahead of elections expected in May.

“The government is responsible for terrorist attacks and killings in the Hazara community because its security forces have not conducted operations against extremist groups,” said Aziz Hazara, vice president of the Hazara Democratic Party.

“We are giving the government 48 hours to arrest the culprits involved in the killing of our people and after that we will launch strong protests.

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