Pakistani Shiites Protest With Coffins

    Pakistani Shiite Muslims demonstrate as they sit between the coffins of bombing victims in Quetta on January 12, 2013. Shiite families refusing to bury their dead after twin bombings in Pakistan's troubled southwestern city of Quetta vowed to continue their sit-in protest January 12 until the army takes over security. AFP PHOTO/Banaras KHAN        (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Shiiite Muslims sit among coffins in Quetta, Pakistan. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty)

    More than 3,500 Pakistani Shiites flooded the streets of a southwestern city for a second day on Saturday, this time with a new protest technique: blocking the roads with around 50 coffins of relatives killed in recent explosions. The unconventional protest also marks a break with Islamic custom, which dictates that the dead be buried as soon as possible. In refusing to bury their dead, the protestors hope to make a statement to the government about its lack of protection following the twin bombings of a billiards hall on Thursday that left 86 dead. “My son went to a billiards hall to play, but now I am sitting with his body here,” said Begum Dilawar Shah. “I want to know what was the fault of my son and who killed him and why?”

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