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Civil society Karachi sit-in ends after demands met

Civil society Karachi sit-in ends after demands met

krchKARACHI: A 31-hour long civil society sit-in outside Sindh chief minister house has come to an end after successful negotiations between the government and protestors,.

“The government of Sindh will pay the medical bills of Shikarpur Imambargah blast victims making sure they get the best of the available treatment,” Pakistan People’s Party leader Sharmila Farooqui assured the protestors led by social activist Jibran Nasir.

Civil society members including women and children had been protesting near the CM House since Monday evening demanding of the authorities to take action against the outlawed organizations and bear the healthcare expenses of the Shikarpur sectarian terrorism survivors.

“I assure you that provincial government will crack the whip on the banned militant outfits with full force,” Farooqui said adding, “The malevolent slogans chalked on the walls will also be wiped off while no lenience will be shown to the hatemongers for their detestable deeds.”

Earlier, thousands of Shiite Muslims rallied to protest against the killing of 61 people in a suicide bombing at a mosque, as southern Pakistan shut down to mourn the nation’s worst sectarian attack in nearly two years.

The blast hit the mosque in the Shikarpur district of southern Sindh province, around 470 kilometres (300 miles) north of Pakistan‘s biggest city Karachi, as hundreds of worshippers attended Friday prayers.

Police on Saturday said the devastating explosion was a suicide attack and the bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his body “in the middle of the mosque”.

“The bomber selected a place in the mosque that would cause huge destruction,” Raja Umar Khitab, a police official in Sindh’s counter-terror department, told AFP on Saturday.

Khitab said the bomb was loaded with steel pellets, ball bearings and other shrapnel to cause maximum damage.

The provincial government announced a day of mourning on Saturday, closing schools, shops and offices, with no public transport available on the roads.

In Shikarpur, thousands gathered to attend funeral prayers for the dead.

Local television broadcast footage of huge crowds of mostly Shiite Muslims, carrying black flags and beating their chests as they offered their prayers, one after another.

Karachi, Pakistan‘s economic heart and Sindh’s provincial capital, also shut down for the day, with hundreds of Shiites staging protest rallies.

Police said unidentified “miscreants” had set fire to a passenger bus and a truck in the city early in the day, but no one was hurt.

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