PM arrives in Quetta, to meet protestors

QUETTA: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived Sunday in Quetta to meet Shia families refusing to bury their dead after devastating bombings, officials said.

At least 97 people were killed and 121 wounded Thursday in twin suicide attacks.

Shia families have refused to bury their dead and vowed to continue a sit-in protest with thousands of others until the army takes over security in the city.

They have been sitting in the open with the bodies for the past 48 hours.

“Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has arrived in Quetta, he will meet the leaders of the Hazara community,” a senior government official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Rallies were held in several cities including Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala, Muzaffarabad and Rawalpindi to express solidarity with the Hazara community, and several political parties marked Sunday as a day of protest.