Jan 24, 2014, 11:49 AM
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Pakistan’s Hazara community bury slain people

Islamabad, Jan 24, IRNA -- The Hazara community in Pakistan’s Quetta buried on Friday those pilgrims killed in a terrorist bomb attack late Tuesday which had killed over 20 people.

Hundreds of Hazaras ended their two-day long protest sit-in late Thursday night after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar assured them of launching a targeted operation against the perpetrators of the attack at Mastung district in Balochistan.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ had claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. The bus was bringing Shiite pilgrims from the border town of Taftan.

Leaders of the Majlis-e-Wahdat Muslimeen announced end to the protests in other cities after the government’s assurance.

Reports from Balochistan said the security forces launched a major search operation in Mastung on Friday against the suspects.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had instructed the Interior Minister to rush to Balochistan to pacify the angry protesters.

The minister told the mourners that any character behind the incident will not be spared.

“We will go after the perpetrators and bring them to justice. They cannot escape. We will not tolerate it more,” he said.

Protests in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and many other cities were also called off after nearly 40 hours.

“The gruesome attack on Hazara community has saddened the country. The Hazara people are peaceful and patriotic,” Chaudhry Nisar said while negotiating with Shia leaders.

The bodies were shifted to an Imambargah in Quetta late Thursday and will be buried later on Friday.