QUETTA - Ending their four-day long protest, the Hazaras buried their dead on Monday after the imposition of governor rule in Balochistan.President Asif Ali Zardari issued presidential notification on Monday to promulgate governor rule in Balochistan for two months.A Cabinet Division notification said the president, invoking the Article 234 of the Constitution, directed the Balochistan governor to assume the powers of executive in the province.The notification says that the chief minister and ministers can no longer exercise their powers ‘following incidental and consequential provisions which appear to be necessary or desirable for giving effect to the objects of the proclamation’.It adds: “The governor shall act to such extent and subject to such conditions as president shall deem fit to give or impose unless this order varied or revoked earlier than two months.” Thousands of men, women and children spent four nights camped in freezing conditions, refusing to bury the victims of a twin suicide bombing that killed 92 people in a Shiite area of Quetta last Thursday.They were demanding removal of the provincial government and handing over the provincial capital to army for a targeted operation against terrorists.Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, who is abroad,neither made any effort for improvement of law and order after the Thursday carnage nor tried to console the bereaved people.Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, after failure of talks between protesters and Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and federal Minister Syed Khurshed Shah,flew to Quetta late Sunday and announced that the provincial government would be sacked.The provincial government was widely criticised for failing to control the myriad security problems and the chief minister, Aslam Raisani, was rapped for making a trip to London while security worsened. Hazaras were initially divided over whether the government had gone far enough to meet their demands by nominating the governorto take over the province. A faction of protesters wanted to continue the protest unless handing over Quetta to armed forces. However, Sardar Sahdat Hazara, head of Hazara tribal jirga, announced to call off the protest. By 11:00 am, families started leaving to prepare their dead for burial. Thousands of people gathered for the mass burial in the afternoon and buried their loved ones.Families wept and cried, with many beating their chests and heads in mourning as the coffins were brought to the graveyard in Quetta, guarded by hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers along with Shiite volunteers.Addressing a press conference at Punjabi Imambargah, Sardar Sahdat Hazara and Qayyum Changezithanked President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf for sacking the ‘fascist’ government and hoped that Governor Magsi would try his best to provide security to Hazaras. They said that 75 percent of their demands had been accepted while negotiation would also be held for other demands. They said that though the people of Quetta were not happy with the performance of Frontier Corps because of its unsatisfactory track record, they called off protest after the assurances of Balochistan Corps Commander Lt Gen Alam Khattak who said that he would personally supervise the performance of FC.They said that law enforcing agencies would launch a targeted operation against terrorists to ensure security for them. Earlier, PM Ashraf announced live on television that the provincial government would be sacked and the governor would take over. He said Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi could call the army at “any time for assistance” and the top commander in Baluchistan would ‘directly supervise paramilitary forces who have the power to arrest and investigate anyone.“We are determined to defeat this mindset,” Ashraf said referring to those he accused of trying to divide Shiites and Sunnis. The primer assured the protestors that federal government would fully cooperate with the governor and false FIR registered against Shiite people would also be withdrawn.“I have great respect for the sacrifice, tolerance and peaceful behaviour of the Hazaras. You are an asset of Pakistan,” he added.In Karachi, more than 1,000 people had gathered outside the Bilawal House late Saturday in solidarity with the Hazaras. Hundreds of them remained there until Monday morning.“We are leaving now, as our demands have been accepted and our brothers in Quetta have asked us to end our protest,” said participant Shaukat Ali.