Pakistanis Protest the Killing of 86 Shiites
[NY Times] Protesters and distraught family members of 86 Shiites from the Hazara ethnic group killed in two kabooms on Thursday in the southwestern city of Quetta braved biting cold to stage a sit-in on Friday, refusing to bury their dead till the Pak Army took control of the city to provide them with security.
"I ask the army chief: What have you done with these extra three years you got in office?" a bitter Maulana Amin Shaheedi, a senior Shiite leader, was quoted as saying by local news media. "What did you give us except more death?"
In a telephone interview on Friday night, hours after the protest started, another leader, Nadir Ali, said, "Right now, it is raining in Quetta and the temperature is minus two centigrade." As of midnight, the group was still in place.
There was no immediate response from the country's powerful army or its chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
Quetta, the capital of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Province, has been ravaged by a vicious cycle of sectarian violence in recent years. Thursday's toll was one of the highest in 14 years of violence that have left hundreds of Hazaras dead. The dual suicide kaboom on Thursday, like most of the attacks on Hazara Shiites, was claimed by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
, a Sunni beturbanned goon group with strong links to the Taliban.
Mr. Ali criticized city and provincial authorities for failing to arrest the attackers. "They are not taking any action," he said.
Shiites leaders also expressed shock that no high-ranking government official visited the grieving families to offer support or any sense of consolation. The chief minister of the province has often been criticized for not expressing support for Hazaras.
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