Hazara Community ends protest after COAS Bajwa visits and assures decisive action

QUETTA: The Quetta Hazara community which primarily belongs to a particular religious sect in Islam have claimed that they are being marginalized and killed in a wave of sectarian violence for a very long time, they staged a sit-in protest which was visited by the Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal who expressed solidarity with the protesters demands.

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The protesters refused to budge and demanded COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa to pay the bereaved community a visit and offer them an assurance in person, to which the COAS obliged and visited Quetta late last night.

 

 

The COAS after the meeting with tribal elders said in a meeting, ” “We shall defeat hostile attempts through national cohesion. Anything & everything which is for the betterment of security of people of Pakistan shall be done.”

 

 

The Army chief, while observing and analysing the security situation in Quetta, offered condolences and Fateha prayers for the deceased during the meeting to end the sit-ins, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

Gen Bajwa also assuresd the Hazara community that “those who have targeted them shall suffer twice as much”, a press release issued by the ISPR last night said. He stressed this while noting that nothing could compensate losing dear ones.

“Through a unified national effort, we have turned the tide of terrorism,” the Army chief said. “We have busted many terrorists’ networks and we know how these networks are being supported by hostile agencies.”

“However, a lot is still being done against inimical designs to reverse the gains by exploiting various fault lines.”

Gen Bajwa underscored that all Pakistani people should stay united regardless of which area, religion or caste they belong to.

“Every Pakistani irrespective of religion, sect, language or caste has to stay steadfast and united to defeat hostile forces trying to create divisions.

 

 

The protesters wished for an immediate end to the targetting of Hazara community members and arrest of every culprit involved in the heinous acts.

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