Hazara community’s sit-in continues on 2nd day
Members of the Hazara community continued staging a sit-in for a second day on Saturday at Quetta’s Western Bypass to demand better security measures following a blast in Hazarganji market a day earlier.
Members of the community, including women and children, set tyres on fire and blocked the Western Bypass, while protests were also staged in front of the Quetta Press Club.
As the sit-in at Western Bypass entered its second day on Saturday, the protesters remained steadfast on their demands – immediate action against the perpetrators of the attacks; implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) without any discrimination; and an earnest effort by the state to fulfill its responsibility of providing security to its people.
Meanwhile, The Islamic State militant organisation, also known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish, has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that martyred at least 20 people in Quetta’s vegetable market, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Saturday.
Interestingly, the terrorist attack was also claimed by a faction of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which on Friday said it collaborated with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi . However, no official confirmation came from the latter.
The attack ripped through the outdoor market on Friday, martyring at least 20 people – including eight members of the Shia Hazara community and a soldier of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) – and injuring 48 others.