QUETTA The participants of Youm-e-Quds rally attempted intentionally to ignite ethnic riots in the provincial capital, as some of them, who were armed with sophisticated weapons, occupied the suicide blast site for hours but the law-enforcement agencies foiled their bid and did not allow the violence to spread. Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Zehri and Inspector General of Police Malik Mohammad Iqbal made these remarks while addressing a news conference at the IG office on Sunday. Home Secretary Akbar Durrani, CCPO Abid Hussain Nautkani, outgoing CCPO Shabir Hussain Sheikh, DIG Investigation Qazi Abdul Wahid and Secretary Information Sarwar Javed also flanked them. Expressing his condolences over the loss of precious lives in Fridays suicide bombing, he said, The participants became unruly and some of them who were armed resorted to firing on the buildings while others started damaging public and private properties, adding, These youths are like our sons and police could not open fire on them, which might have lead to increasing the number of deaths manifold. He said although some elements within the participants tried to create tension in the city, I am proud of Shia people who despite heavy causalities remained peaceful. The provincial minister termed the move to break the police cordon and reach the Meezan Chowk as a serious mistake, saying it resulted in the tragic incident. He also maintained that the police had made excellent security arrangements along the route of the rally and had the people followed the officials request, the bombing could have been averted. He, however, said the government was not sitting idle as three different police teams were formed for investigating the matter. The DIG CID, DIG Investigation and the SP CIA would lead the teams, he added. Zehri said Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani had ordered a judicial inquiry while a ministerial commission under his chairmanship would also probe the matter besides presenting recommendations for future security plan and improving religious harmony in the province. Responding to a question, IGP Malik Iqbal repeated Zehris remarks about the role played by the participants of the rally to disturb law and order, saying that the police and other law-enforcement agencies forced the enraged youth to leave the blast site. He said they were waiting for a detailed report but initial investigation disclosed that over 24 injured received bullets while the number of armed persons among the rally participants was yet to be determined through the footage of security cameras and the private TV channels. I can assure you that action will be taken against those who took law in their hand once the identities of all those who were firing on police, citizens and personnel of paramilitary forces is established, as no one is above the law, Malik told the newsmen. He also provided the copies of the letter issued by the CCPO granting permission for the Youm-e-Quds rally and said it was clearly mentioned in the letter that the participants had violated the route last year as well by breaking security cordon. He said the Shia leaders were advised to control the people in their own interest and to avert the possibility of terrorist attack. The provincial chief of the police said it was further warned in the letter that in case of religious leaders failure to control their participants, the police would not be responsible for any terrorist act because of absence of security in the areas other than the actual route.