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Demo held at Pakistani Embassy in Tehran over Shia killings
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_mt2(25).jpgTEHRAN – Hundreds of Afghan and Pakistani students studying in Iran gathered in front of the Pakistani embassy in Tehran on Wednesday condemning the killing of Shias in Pakistan. 
On Saturday, a suicide bomb targeting Shia Hazaras in a busy market in Pakistani southwestern city of Quetta killed more than 85 people and wounded 200 others.
The protesters demanded the Pakistani government to take necessary measures to prevent the targeted killings of Hazaras in the country.  
The students were holding placards reading “the U.S.+Isreal+Saudi Arabia means terrorism” and “the God is great”.  
They called for an end to such massacres and asked the international community to pay due attention to this problem.
The protesters also called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to fulfill his responsibility in helping to end such killings. 
The recent killings in Quetta have caused an outcry among Shias in Pakistan.
After Saturday's bombing Pakistani Shias refused to bury their dead for four days and demanded government action. Muslim tradition requires that bodies be buried as soon as possible and leaving them above ground is a potent expression of grief and pain.
According to Reuters, After the government said on Tuesday it had arrested 170 suspects linked to the attack, grieving relatives called off the protest and agreed to bury the bodies.
Pakistan's Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which intelligence officials say has become a major security threat, claimed responsibility for both Saturday's bombing and one last month that claimed nearly 100 lives. 
Sectarian attacks dramatically increased last year, killing more than 400 Shias across Pakistan.

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Last Updated on 20 February 2013 19:05