Targeted killings: Five Hazaras, two UN workers, shot dead in Quetta, Mastung

Published: March 30, 2012

At least five people were gunned down, and six others sustained injuries, when a van carrying people belonging to the Hazara community was ambushed on Spini road in Quetta.The incident sparked protest in different parts of the city, especially in areas dominated by the Hazara community. Protestors shot at security personnel, killing one policeman, Mukham Raza, and injuring a protestor.

QUETTA: 

At least five people were gunned down, and six others injured, when a van carrying people belonging to the Hazara community was ambushed on Spini road in Quetta Thursday morning.

Law enforcement agencies and the police put security on high alert in the city after the incident.

According to a senior police official, the van was on its way to Marriabad from Hazara Town when a group of armed men opened indiscriminate fire near Killi Mubarak.

Five people, including a woman, died on the spot while six others were wounded.  The assailants fled the scene after the incident.

A heavy contingent of police and security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area to collect evidence.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Sandeman Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex where an emergency had been declared. The injured were later shifted to Combined Military Hospital.

Policeman killed in protests

The incident sparked protests in different parts of the city, especially in areas dominated by the Hazara community on Brewery Road.

Protesters shot at security personnel, killing one policeman, Mukham Raza, and injuring a protestor.

Government Girls College Quetta College on Brewery Road vehicle set alight, and fire brigades were called in to extinguish the blaze that engulfed the outer wall of the college building.

Protesters also intercepted two motorbikes and torched them.

The Hazara Democratic Party called for a shutter-down strike in Quetta on Friday (today) to protest the killings. Jamhoori Watan Party, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and the Awami Nation Party backed the strike call.

A senior police official said that Frontier Corps and police have jointly launched a search operation in different areas of Quetta, including Saryab, and arrested 45 suspects.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack till the filing of this report.

The government has decided to form an exclusive force for the protection of the Hazara community following frequent incidents of targeted killings last year. Meanwhile, attacks on the community have intensified in the past few days.

Two UN workers shot dead

Two local UN workers were shot dead by unidentified assailants in Mastung, about 50km from Quetta.

According to official sources, three persons, identified as Habibullah, Irfan and Mohammad Zahid were en route to Mastung from Quetta when armed men on a motorbike opened fire on their vehicle near Mastung Stadium bypass, killing two of them on the spot. Irfan sustained bullet wounds.

Law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area.

“They were working for UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and were coming to Mastung to visit their office,” sources said, adding that the victims were residents of Quetta.

The bodies of the deceased and the injured were taken to Provincial Sandeman Hospital for autopsy and later handed over to the heirs for burial.

Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani strongly condemned the killings in Quetta and Mastung and directed law enforcing agencies to arrest the culprits involved.

(Read: Our sectarian monster)

Published in The Express Tribune, March 30th, 2012.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Someone
    Mar 30, 2012 - 6:06AM

    I see the Baloch “liberators” are hard at work…

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  • maestro
    Mar 30, 2012 - 7:06AM

    Send in the army already and teach them a lesson they will never forget! How can you “talk” to such traitor monsters?? We will never let 1971 happen again – Balochistan is part and parcel of Pakistan and IA will always remain so. Indians, you keep causing trouble in our homeland and see what we do in return. Our extended hand of friendship can rapidly turn into a fist!

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  • khan
    Mar 30, 2012 - 8:09AM

    time to free the geography and let people live in peace

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  • ashok
    Mar 30, 2012 - 8:48AM

    @Someone:

    Just like Pakistan army and ISI “see” India behind Balochistan liberation struggle.

    You must be visionary like Pakistan army.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Mar 30, 2012 - 9:26AM

    A very sad day but seeing that our Pushtun and Baloch brothers are taking stance against dimwits gives me hope.

    We are thankful to you for standing shoulder to shoulder with us during trying times. Thank you brothers.

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  • Tariq Ahmad
    Mar 30, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Wow is this what Pakistan is all about, killing

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  • faraz
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:02AM

    Its sectarian terrrorism, not ethnic/seperatist

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  • Zaid
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:10AM

    Please bros, stop flowing in the stream of stereotypes and start to acknowledge/spread the facts!
    No Baloch liberators were at work, its a pure sectarian based target killing which has been a norm in Baluchistan, KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan since a decade. Media is also a criminal as it doesn’t project the truth. I have not seen a single news channel, since yesterday, telling the truth that the martyred ones belong to Shiite community!

    Again, my request is to become sincere with yourself, with Pakistan and start pointing the true criminals and you will soon see the country prosper..Recommend

  • shadi
    Mar 30, 2012 - 10:30AM

    @maestro it is cuz of army interference that balochistan has been turned into such a violent place! NONE of the baloch leaders are anti shia or any such. in Dera Bugti there were many sikhs living while akbar bugti was alive and they never complained. I my self sat down with Taleh Bugti when he was alive and he would praise Imam Ali. This is being done by Quetta Shura, that is created by our security agencies to create carnage in afghanistan. You have a typical Pakistani Burger boy pathetic attitude, blaming everything on the civil structure and praising army like a blind man.

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  • Mar 30, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Dear Brother and Sisters,
    I am Shia and Pakistani also. Many foreign agencies are working against our motherland. I have one request and reminder for you to think and again think their rules of the game. And their rule is divide and rule. We Pakistani are the Best. There should be no doubt. Remember Indians and Jews we are the last blow for you. Do not compel us to blow you in this year. Try to live for some next few years.

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  • Qalam Dost Changezi
    Mar 30, 2012 - 7:22PM

    The Hazaras are the most peaceful and educated people dwelling in Quetta, the provincial capital of south-west province of Pakistan, Balochistan. They have been being persecuted for the last ten years, but they have sticked to peaceful living. If the government fails to stop these merciless killings, then, the Hazaras could replay the reaction like July 6, 1985

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