Gilgit, January 22: A large number of people are staging a sit-in protesting against the massacre of Shia pilgrims in Mastung District of the Balochistan province on Tuesday.
The horrific suicide attack had led to the death of at least 22 Shia pilgrims. As many as 31 pilgrims traveling to Iran in two buses were injured due to the terrorist attack.
The protesters, including leaders of the Majlis Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) demanded action against the terrorists and expressed solidarity with the deceased and injured pilgrims.
The sit-in in Gilgit has been organized by different Shia organizations, including MWM and Imamia Students Organization. The protesters are braving the cold night to express solidarity with the Hazarra community members who are staging a sit-in at Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, along with dead bodies of the murdered pilgrims.
The Hazarra Shias, in particular, and the followers of the Shia Ithna Ashri sect, in particular, have been targeted by radical militant groups including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan in the past.
According to media reports, this particular attack has also been claimed by the officially defunct Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group.