Two members of Hazara community injured in Dasht

Published: March 28, 2012

Gunmen shot at a car in Dasht area of Mustang on Wednesday. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/FILE

QUETTA: Two people belonging to the Hazara community were injured while their three companions escaped unhurt when the car they were riding was attacked by a group of armed men near Dasht area in Mastung district on Wednesday.

According to an official of the Balochistan Levies, the five were travelling to Quetta from Mach town in a car when a group of armed men opened fire at them near Tera Mill area in Dasht. As a result of the attack, Jawad Ahmed and Khadem Hussain sustained bullet wounds while three others in the car escaped unhurt. The attackers managed to make good their escape after committing the crime.

Assistant Commissioner Dasht, Nasir Ahmed Jattak and Naib Tehsildar Mohammad Ramzan along with personnel of the Balochistan Levies reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

The injured were taken to Provincial Sandeman Hospital Quetta for treatment.

However, officials were unsure whether the attack was a sectarian attack or related to something else. “It could be an incident of sectarian targeted killing. However, a manhunt has been mounted in the area for the culprits,” an official told reporters.

The injured were later referred to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) because of security concerns.

It is pertinent to mention that as many as 26 pilgrims belonging to Hazara community were forced off a passenger bus,lined up before being shot in the dead. Similarly, a man was shot dead and another wounded in Quetta as part of a targeted attack. Both belonged to the Hazara community.

Law enforcing agencies have beefed up security on national highways and in Quetta after the attacks on Hazara community surged over the past year.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Ali Mardan
    Mar 28, 2012 - 11:30PM

    It seems we are living in a jungle where no law prevails. This is the second attack of its kind within 24-hours. Hundreds have been targeted similarly within the past one year but so far not a single terrorist apprehended. I wonder why law enforcement agencies are getting paid if they are unable to protect the innocent civilians from such attacks? Let everyone allow to protect them self.

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  • Hadi Hazara
    Mar 29, 2012 - 4:50AM

    Pakistan is Pakistan – no words can describe it.

    I would call Pakistan the land of butchers and the sheeps.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 29, 2012 - 8:29AM

    Nobody seems to give a hood about what’s happening with Hazaras in Quetta. If the government is so inept then every citizen should be given the right to protect himself. This, in my humble opinion, is the only way to bring the twits (terrorists) down.

    The provincial and federal government has proved that they are inept to tackle terrorism in Balochistan. His Higness (check out the sarcasm)Rehman Malik came over to Quetta and left with empty promises of apprehending the culprits behind attacks. We can no longer look up to retards to give us protection.

    Balochistan as I remember used to be safest city where we all (Baloch, Pushtuns, Hazaras, Punjabis, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians) lived in harmony. My friends, who belong to different sects/reiligions are as much as shocked as we are.

    About time we the people of Balochistan buckle up and take charge from imbeciles.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 29, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Add 6 more to the list of dead. 6 members of Hazara community shot dead on Espni road about 2 hours ago. 3 injured.

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