Massive Protests In Kargil Over Killing Of Shias In Pak

SRINAGAR: Thousands marched in Kargil on Wednesday to protest against the recent carnage of Shias in the city of Quetta in Pakistan, blaming the country’s rulers for failing to protect minorities.

Chanting slogans against the government of Pakistan, the angry procession wound its way through the frontier town, demanding that Pak rulers curb violent extremist groups operating under the garb of Islam.

They said that the government of Pakistan had failed to provide security to the country’s minorities like the Hindus, Sikhs and the Shia community.

Marchers called for a halt to what they described as the targeted killing of Shias, of which the recent devastating bombing was the second in recent months.

It had killed at least 89 members of the minority community of the Hazara ethnic stock after a serial bombing in the same city left  over hundred members of the same group  dead.

Speaking to the rally organised by the Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust, religious leader Sheikh Muhammad Mohaqiq condemned the killings, and said that the government of Pakistan was incapable of securing the lives of minorities.

He urged the government of India to exert pressure on Pak rulers to halt the killing of Shias and ban the terrorist groups carrying them out.    

Speakers in the rally said that the mass killings in Quetta had sparked off “international outrage.”

“Still, those behind these carnages are rarely caught or punished,” they said.

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