Sectarian violence: 2 Hazaras killed in Quetta, FC arrests 3 suspects

Published: April 21, 2012

FC claims to have arrested 3 suspects allegedly involved in killing 2 men on Brewery Road. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

QUETTA: Targeted killings of Hazara community in the provincial capital continued as two more persons were shot dead on Brewery Road in Quetta on Saturday.

However, Frontier Corps (FC) claimed to have arrested three suspects allegedly involved in the Brewery Road incident and seized arms from their possession.

According to a police officials, two persons were passing on a motorbike on the Brewery road when an unknown person opened fire at them, killing them instantly. They said that the  attackers had managed to escape from the scene after committing the crime.

“A man on foot opened fire at the men on motorbike,” said a local police official Amir Dasti, quoting eyewitness accounts.

He said it was the case of sectarian target killing and investigations were underway.

A heavy contingent of police and security forces reached the spot and shifted the bodies to Bolan Medical Complex where the deceased were identified as Boban Ali and Hussain Ali, inhabitants of Hazara Town.

“The victims were shot in the head and chest,” hospital sources said.

Scores of angry people belonging to Hazara community staged a noisy demonstration on Brewery Road near the hospital. They blocked the road by torching used tires. Protesters raised slogans against the government and law enforcement agencies for their failure to protect the Hazara community from target killers.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson of Frontier Corps (FC) confirmed that the killers of two Hazaras on Brewery Road had been apprehended as FC personnel deputed on the road chased down the criminals who even opened fire at them. “The attackers after targeting two persons of Hazara community tried to escape from the scene. Security forces chased the killers with the help of local people,” he stated in his official press release.

The statement detailed that the FC had first arrested two suspects identified as Guharam Soori Khan and Mian Khan and later booked a third  uspect following disclosure from his colleagues during interrogation.

The arrested suspects were handed over to Brewery police for further interrogation, the FC official said, adding that people present on the spot had also identified the target killers arrested by FC.

Inspector General FC Balochistan Major General Ubaidullah Khan praised the FC and police for acting against the killers on time. “The perpetrators will not escape if local people continue to cooperate with law enforcement agencies,” he said while announcing the arrest of killers.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Humayun
    Apr 21, 2012 - 8:16PM

    Should I express ‘Popular Sympathy’ with Siachin casualities, killings in Karachi or target killing in Quetta – EVery life is sacred, I guess !!!

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  • Mir
    Apr 21, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Genocide goes on and on and on and on……

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  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    Apr 21, 2012 - 8:21PM

    “Targeted killings of Hazara community in the provincial capital continued as two more persons were shot dead on Brewery Road in Quetta on Saturday.”

    “He said it was the case of sectarian target killing and investigations were underway.”

    In this sectarian killing the victims are HAZARA. But who are the killers?? Why the FC does not reveal the ethnic identity of Guharam Soori Khan, Mian Khan and the third suspect??

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  • HAZARA TIGERS
    Apr 21, 2012 - 8:30PM

    It was not the FC but youth Hazaras have arrested the killers on the spot and later handed over them to FC.

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  • sars
    Apr 21, 2012 - 8:41PM

    Great that some killers were apprehended (albeit because they were stupid enough to target kill on foot). Please dont bother with any lengthy trials.Get all information out of them and hang them. Dont keep them around in jail for a repeat jailbreak.

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  • Noise
    Apr 21, 2012 - 9:29PM

    This the first time I’ve ever seen someone arrested for killing Hazaras. The ones who should be thanked are the brave Hazara youth who caught them and handed them over to the authorities. I can only hope and pray that something useful comes out of this and that this genocidal campaign is stopped. If those men are released then the state shows its in league with the killers. If the courts dont hang them that means the courts are in league with them.

    @Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    In this case the ethnicity of the killers is not that significant and what is truly significant is which madressah they are from or which mosque they go to.

    @Humayun
    Those who are killed wrongfully deserve to have justice done in their name.

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  • Pungi
    Apr 21, 2012 - 9:34PM

    Yesterday Imran Khan met Hazaras in local Imambargah to show solidarity & today again same target killing stories continue…Alas!

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  • trueshia
    Apr 21, 2012 - 11:01PM

    it is wrong to link these attacks as sectarian violence,this is happening all over pak,it’s just the common pakistani that gets killed .afterall we all are muslims.

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  • Ali Wali
    Apr 21, 2012 - 11:03PM

    It is reality of life that every human has to die one day, and a person is successful if one dies with his/her faith intact. Also it is our religious duty to stop bloodshed and evil people killing innocents, well done Hazaras who captured killers but did not excute them summarily. Having said that, looking at track record of our courts, these killers will be set free.

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  • Babloo
    Apr 21, 2012 - 11:31PM

    They will be released. Concrete evidense that will withstand Lahore HC scrutiny not found. Those people who are making allegations should first find concrete evidense.

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  • Apr 21, 2012 - 11:50PM

    @Pungi:

    Yesterday Imran Khan met Hazaras in local Imambargah to show solidarity

    Unless his party and VP, Ijaz Chaudry, cut ties and outright condemn sectarian extremists ASWJ and their L-e-J militant wing and other like minded militants, it’ll be mean nothing and be insincere and hypocritical.

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  • Apr 22, 2012 - 12:22AM

    @trueshia:

    No, it’s NOT wrong to claim these as sectarian attacks. There’s something called motive. If you’re too scared to identify the problem, you’ll never end the violence. Yea, there’s violence all over Pak with different motives, be it ethnic, gang, political, etc. In these cases it’s Wahhabi/Salafi/Deoband/Sunni supremacist extremism. You think saying we’re all Muslims will protect you from bigoted ideologues? From Irfan Husain’s Dawn article.

    A FEW months ago, somebody emailed me a chilling audio clip of a conversation between a journalist and a Pakistani Taliban. When the interviewer reminded the terrorist that he was a Muslim too, and recited the kalima to prove it, he was told bluntly that the Taliban did not view anybody who did not subscribe to their extreme vision as believers. When the Taliban was reminded that the founder of Pakistan was a peaceful, tolerant man, he replied that Jinnah had ‘Ali’ in his name, and so must be a Shia. “We do not accept the Shia as Muslims,” he insisted. From considering the Shia to be non-Muslims, it seems there is only a short step to declaring them wajib-ul-qatal, or deserving of death, preferably by violent means.

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  • abdul karim
    Apr 22, 2012 - 1:28AM

    this is out side force who doing this job and we r/stupit fall for that,and r/leaders r/failers to caught them ,

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  • Irtaza Haider
    Apr 22, 2012 - 4:51AM

    This sectarian violence now needs to stop…..killing people of other sects just because you don’t agree with their beliefs is insanity!

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  • Concern1
    Apr 22, 2012 - 6:51AM

    These arrested terrorist belong to the Wahabi/deobandi terrorist organisation SSP (Shiv Sena Pakistan)

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