LAHORE - Leaders of religious and political parties, lawyers and journalists expressed solidarity and held protest rallies against the Quetta incident on second day on Tuesday.

Members of Lahore High Court Bar Association and workers of Jamaat-ud-Dawa separately offered funeral in absentia for the martyrs in front of Majid-e-Shuhda, The Mall. JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed led the funeral prayer and also addressed its workers.

The Pakistan Awami Tehreek postponed its ‘Qisas Movement’ from August 16 to August 20 following tragedy of Quetta.

PAT Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri, party leaders and workers wore black bands to show solidarity with the victims and later offered prayers for the deceased at PAT head office Model Town.

PAT Chairman said that the every worker of his party was depressed on the incident as they mourned during the incidents of Model Town, Army Public School, Baldia Factory, May 12 Karachi and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

He said non-implementation of NAP and incapability of civilian agencies were the reason behind the security lapse and such incidents. He also demanded of the Army to start Zarb-e-Azab operation in Punjab which according to him turned into a safe haven of the PML-N backed terrorists.

Shia Ulam Council held a protest demonstration against the incident at front of Lahore Press Club. Speakers called for the complete implementation of National Action Plan to avert such incidents.

Pakistan Ulma Council chairman Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi condemned the incident saying that some external forces were hatching conspiracies against country but Pakistani nation is united for country’s sovereignty and solidarity.

Addressing Istehkam-e-Pakistan conference, he said that internal and external forces could not harm the country as nation’s morale was very courageous and it would foil nefarious designs of anti-state elements.

PUC leader Sahibzada Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Moulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani, Moulana Saadullah, Moulana Anees ur Rehman, Hafiz Abdul Hayye, Mufti Abdul Moeed, Hafiz Muhammad Amjad and others also condemned the Quetta incident.

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry viewed the Quetta incident as conspiracy to stop work on China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The LCCI in a statement said that CPEC was a high push theory and it should be completed at every cost. “Conspiracies are being hatched to stop work on it that should be tackled with iron hands,” the LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Senior Vice President Almas Hyder and Vice President Nasir Saeed said.