KARACHI – The Shia Ulema Council on Sunday morning ended its nearly 40-hour long sit-in against what it called “the genocide of Shia Muslims in the country” after successful dialogues with the Sindh governor. Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan assured a delegation of Shia clerics of fulfillment of its demands. The delegation was comprised of Maulana Nazir Abbas of the Shia Ulema Council, MWM leader Maulana Sadiq Raza Taqvi, Maulana Shabir Mesami of the Shia Ulema Council, Mirza Yousuf Hussain of the Shia Action Committee, SM Naqvi of the Markazi Tanzem-e-Aza, Saghir Abid and others.A Shia cleric, one of the delegation members, told The Nation that they presented to the governor as many as 20 demands during their meeting late on Saturday night. “The governor paid attention to the talks and gave us a patient hearing. During the talks, the governor assured us that the government would immediately take strict action against criminals involved in killings of Shias.” “The government will try its best to remove the reservations and concerns of the Millat-e-Jafferia,” Dr Ebad was quoted as having said. The cleric further said that a similar protest would be held if the government failed to fulfill their demands. Meanwhile, after the talks, the Shia parities ended their sit-in on Sunday morning after Fajr prayer. The sit-in protest called by the Shia Ulema Council was supported by almost all Shia parities, including the Imamia Students' Organisation, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM), Jafariya Alliance, Shia Action Committee, Markaz-e-Tanzeem-e-Aza. It may be mentioned here that dozens of members of the SUC, including women and children, started their sit-in protest at Numaish Chowrangi on Friday evening against the killing of their community members.Some participants of the protest, talking to TheNation, said that the protest was not as successful as the one observed last year, when people of the same community had staged sit-in in front of the Governor’s House, where thousands of protestors spent a night with the dead body of Askari Raza, a leader of the Shia Action Committee.“The successful protest had forced the governor to come out and talk directly to the protestors. But this time, the leaders of the protestors themselves called on the governor. We have lost our hundreds of innocent people in the cowardly acts of targeted killings, but the government is indifferent to this issue,” they said.