Lawyer on hunger strike over killing of Shiites in Pakistan

A lawyer in Pakistan has gone on hunger strike to bring attention to the killing of Shiites in the city of Quetta.

Jalila Haider said Monday that she will continue the strike she began the day before until the army chief visits the city and details concrete steps to bring the killers to justice and protect the religious minority.

Haider says Gen. Qamar Bajwa should come and console the thousands of widows and orphaned children left by the killing of Shiites in Pakistan over the past two decades. Sunni extremists view Shiites as apostates and have carried out scores of attacks since 2001.

In recent months, at least 30 Shiites have been gunned down in Quetta. Police have yet to arrest any suspects.