QUETTA: Thousands of women refused today to bury victims of a bloody bombing and a strike shut down Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi as protesters across the country demanded protection for Shiite Muslims.
Up to 4,000 women began their sit-in in Quetta yesterday evening, a day after a bomb in the city killed 81 members of the minority community including nine women and two girls aged seven and nine.
The women blocked a road and refused to bury the dead until authorities take action against the extremists behind the attack, which wounded 178 people.
The bomb, containing nearly a tonne of explosives hidden in a water tanker, tore through a crowded market in Hazara Town, a Shiite-dominated area on the edge of the city on Saturday evening.
It was the second deadly blast in the city in little over a month.