PESHAWAR - The Shia community has expressed grave concern over the growing sectarian violence and target killing of Shiites in various parts of the country, and demanded a judicial inquiry to probe the brutal attack on pilgrims in Mastung, Balochistan.

Speaking at a press conference here at press club on Monday, the central General Secretary, Shia Ulema Council, Allama Arif Hussain strongly criticised the central and Bolachistan governments for failing to provide protection to Shia pilgrims and control the ongoing sectarian violence.

Flanked by Allama Tauqeer, the council provincial president and other leaders, Arif said that government is restricted to announcement for arresting of culprits behind the killing of shiatees, but no effective steps were being taken to give exemplary punishment to them.

He also said that the surging terrorist activities were a great hallmark on performance of the incumbent government and law enforcement agencies.

Condemning the killing of pilgrims in Mastung area of Balochistan, he said criticised the government for failing to expose the hidden hands behind the killing of Shiites across the country.

Arif further said that terrorism could only be eliminated by destroying Taliban militants sanctuaries and hideouts.

Without dismantling of terrorist’s network, it was quite difficult to completely wipe out terrorism from the country, he maintained.

He called for a countrywide operation against terrorist hideouts, and warned a countrywide protest movement against the government if the rulers were failed to control killing of Shiites and bring the hidden hands in such gory acts.