Shia killings protest

By Hasnae May


Businesses, institutions, and schools closed on Monday following the killings of Shia Muslims in Quetta, Pakistan.

Heavily armed militants shot dead at least five Shia Hazara community members on Sunday.

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Hazara Shia Muslims carried the coffins of those killed in the attack. The funeral took place in Quetta on 08 June 2015, as reported by Islam Times.

Strikes were called upon by civil and human rights groups after the targeted killings of Shia Muslims in the preceding two weeks.

Protests have since taken place in Quetta as well as Islamabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, and Multan.

According to Islam Times ‘prominent Shia leaders in the regions had earlier threatened to launch a civil disobedience movement if the ongoing massacre against Shia Hazaras were not stopped.’

Pakistani Shia Muslims mourn the death of a victim killed in the attack at the funeral on Monday in Quetta.

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‘The protesters placed the coffins of the victims on a main road and chanted slogans against the central government in the capital Islamabad for failing to protect them. The angry demonstrators said they would sit on the road with the dead bodies until the perpetrators are arrested and brought to justice’, according to Press TV.

The Pakistani government is urged to take actions against the forces by International organisations.