Violence continued to plague Quetta as eight more people were gunned down in separate firing incidents in parts of the city on Saturday. Seven of those killed were members of the Hazara community.
A complete shutter down strike was being observed in the provincial capital on a call given by the Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).
The first incident took place on Brewery Road where a group of armed men ambushed a taxi carrying people from the Hazara community. Resultantly, all six died on the spot and the assailants managed to flee from the scene.
“The victims were on their way to Killi Ibraimzai from Hazara Town when they were attacked. It is a case of sectarian targeted killing,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Qazi Wahid told The Express Tribune.
“Police have been deputed in different parts of the city to maintain law and order,” he added.
In another incident, a man belonging to the Hazara community was shot dead on Sabzal Road.
Separately, a police constable was gunned down in Shal Kot area, on the outskirts of Quetta, in an apparent incident of targeted killing.
The killings sparked protests in different areas including Prince Road, Brewery Road, Hazara Town and Jinnah Road. Adjoining localities also remained tense.
Enraged protestors set a vehicle on fire outside Bolan Medical Complex and fired blank shots in the air to spread panic.
10 platoons of FC deployed in Quetta
Ten platoons of Frontier Corps (FC) were deployed in the city to maintain peace and control the situation.
More than 100 suspects were arrested in raids carried out across the city.
Most of the streets in the provincial capital were deserted with very little traffic on the roads.
A shutter down strike was being observed in the city today, following the strike call given by Hazara Democratic Party (HDP).
All schools and colleges were closed and students were sent back home amid strict security measures. “Students were trapped at Bahadur Khan Women University and they were sent back home with security cover provided by Frontier Corps,” a senior government official said.
All the shops and markets on Prince Road, Brewery, Joint Road, Liaquat Bazar, Alamdar Road, Jinnah Town, Hazara Town and other areas were closed.