2 Hazaras killed, 1 injured in Quetta attack

Published: May 15, 2012

Police cordoned off the area and conducted a search operation for the suspects. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Target killings continue in Quetta as two Hazaras were killed and another was injured when unidentified gunmen on motorcycles opened fire at them on the Joint Road on Tuesday.

According to a senior police officer, Mohammad Tahir and Mohmmad Qadir had come to the office for passport-related work and were attacked outside the main gate of the office at around 7:15am. The assailants immediately fled the scene.

“Both the brothers were killed on the spot and another man of the Hazara community received bullet wounds,” the police confirmed.

The bodies and injured were taken to the provincial Sandeman Hospital, where stringent security measures were adopted to thwart possible attempt of terrorism.

The injured Manzoor Ali was later referred to the Combine Military Hospital (CMH) due to security reasons, sources at the hospital said.

“It was a sectarian killing,” another senior investigation officer added.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killings till the filing of this report.

It is pertinent to mention here that around 28 people of Hazara community were killed this year. Some police officers investigating the sectarian killings were also killed in Quetta during the past week.

On the other hand, some Sunni religious scholars have also fallen victim to targeted attacks in the provincial capital and religious parties believe that some elements are trying to instigate sectarian violence in Balochistan.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • aliza awais
    May 15, 2012 - 11:14AM

    Pakistan is Progressing…

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  • AFPAK
    May 15, 2012 - 11:22AM

    I have an innocent question. How do one sect recognize member of other sect in Pakistan if all are Muslim?

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  • Babar
    May 15, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Pathetic … what is Balochistan Government doing? If an incident happens once it may be considered as a overlook by the autorities, sencond time it is negeliggence, third time is to be considerd as incometence, but if it has happened again …. this is criminal behaviour of the authorities.
    Shame on you, Bolachistan Government.

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  • Azad
    May 15, 2012 - 12:56PM

    @Babar:

    Let me correct you Sir, again and again is not incompetence rather Govt, is party to this fiasco, am i right Sir?

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  • Saman
    May 15, 2012 - 1:14PM

    Hazaras look different from other Pakistanis, they can thus be targeted very easily,i feel sorry for them and ashamed of all of us.we all r cowards.and dont deserve to be called muslims.

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  • May 15, 2012 - 1:48PM

    @Saman:
    Muslims or Humans?

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  • Muntaziri
    May 15, 2012 - 2:23PM

    Pathetic reporting by Express News. Hazaras are Shias and they are being killed purely because of that by the lunatic fringe of religious extremists comprising the Lashkar e Jhangvi(LeJ). Why don’t such details get a specific mention? Why does the normally sensationalist electronic media goes dead decent on such issues and doesn’t even name the culprits who have proudly owned such incidents in the past?

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  • Ishtiaq
    May 15, 2012 - 2:23PM

    shame on bla terrorists

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  • Waqar Mehmood
    May 15, 2012 - 2:54PM

    The people of one sect are being murdered on daily basis across the Pakistan, from Parachinar to Quetta, from Gilgit Baltistan to Karachi. And government and law enforcing authorities are silent. Even media, judiciary and civil society is silent too.

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  • omid bidar
    May 15, 2012 - 4:26PM

    I can’t rid of thinking;

    what the families of these poor brothers might be feeling?!
    Blockquote

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  • Human
    May 15, 2012 - 4:31PM

    This is how monster grows, starting from the most oppressed and then perching on stronger one and then the most poweful. people in power, get ready, it will be knocking at your doors shortly. It is punishment for not stopping the monster when it was targetting the poor and oppressed people in your society.

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  • sars
    May 15, 2012 - 6:00PM

    absolutely terrible state of affairs. There must be some way to give protection to this community which is under repeated attacks. All maulanas of different sects must condone intersect violence (and all violence actually).

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  • Altaf Hussain Hazara
    May 15, 2012 - 6:03PM

    An other brutal act of target killing. And as always the Pakistani government is silent on Hazaras killing so is the Human Right Activist . to be honest right now I am filling ashamed of being Pakistani and PPPPs voter . the truth is that the international game that is played in Baluchistan Hazaras are the prime victim of this brutal killings and unfortunately some how the Pakistani Law enforcement Agencies and Government is silent and not taking any action , which is quite shocking for all Hazaras around the world and for all Pakistani nation. people say that there is a big game being played in Baluchistan but don`t know how ISI MI FIA CID and several other agencies are unable to maintain peace in the Reagan.

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  • abs
    May 15, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Known killers but no action. Each one of us will have to respond to Almight on the day of judgement of remaining quiet on these crimes / cruel acts.

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  • smj
    May 15, 2012 - 6:30PM

    They were recognised because of their Hazara origin but they were murdered because they were Shia. Buses that take pilgrims to Iran are also being targeted. People who has hint of shia names on their Id cards are killed and others let go in a past incident.
    All this targeted killing of shias is going around and government, supreme court, and security agencies DONT TAKE NOTICE.

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  • HAZARA TIGERS
    May 15, 2012 - 6:54PM

    the victim Mohammad Tahir was a very small boy only 15/6 years old, He was killed because they looked Hazaras mangoliete face without any sin.

    Sorry to say, the militant groups are assets / strategic depth of Pakistani state / Army. Allah Aab Hazaras par Rehm Kara.

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  • May 15, 2012 - 8:01PM

    What makes me uncomfortable is the lack of sympathy among sunnis towards shias on such events, it looks that they don’t care much, Sunni leaders don’t openly condemn Taliba for such barabric crimes (forget religious people, I am talking about people like Imran khan, Nawaz etc) so what shias do, demand a separate state? then Sunnis will start caring?

    Dr Israr Ahmed wrote in his book
    “If we won’t get serious on this issue now and if we couldn’t achieve shia sunni unity here in this country then God forbid our country Pakistan will break in to pieces, then it won’t belong to shia or sunni”

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  • Musthaq Ahmed
    May 15, 2012 - 9:06PM

    @Hassan:
    Hassan Saheb ! This is a desperate effort to forge unity of the country in the face of divisive and imploding trends. We may say ,staying as one is an effort to keep one currency ,to uphold the national debt paper and give fiscal measures some credibility. These things do matter for the poor but matter the most for the rich .The more we move away from US financial support the more we need these extreme remedies. Blame it on depression if you want. We are forced to pay social price for economic decline. Look at the material basis of our life. The flags, the holy wars , the long beards and the blasts are only to herd in the poor. A country born in violence pulls along devouring itself in parts.

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  • nowernever
    May 15, 2012 - 9:21PM

    Enough is enough!

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  • PakPunjabi
    May 15, 2012 - 11:29PM

    When a person is killed, the story does not end with his death. His children lose their father. His wife loses her husband. His siblings lose their brother and his parents lose their son. Whenever I think of death, the first question that comes to my mind is the well being of my loved ones and not myself.
    Down with TTP, LeJ, BLA, BLF, BRA, JeM, and all others who kill fellow humans!

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  • Fatima
    May 16, 2012 - 4:23AM

    Why are all the Punjabi’s against Baluchistan? If you cannot handle it and the baloch people,
    why bother reading these kinds of articles when you cannot control your emotions?
    Live and Let Live. Stop hating on the baloch. Get over yourselves.

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  • Imran
    May 16, 2012 - 5:09AM

    Shame on Pakistani nation’s apathy – this fanatic group will not stop here – their next target will be their own Sunni groups who they feel is not practicing the right kind of Islam. It’s the responsibility of the majority l To wake up and raise their voices against killings of their fellow Shia countryman.

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  • Swati
    May 17, 2012 - 1:26AM

    @Fatima:
    Sister, 90% of the Punjabis don’t even know what is happening in Balochistan and why it is happening. I am a Pashtun but I go to Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad often for business purposes. And contrary to popular belief most are poor and are only concerned with making a living and educating their children. The status of the poor in Punjabi cities and here in KPK is not very different. Only difference I saw was in Islamabad.
    And by the way have you interviewed every single Punjabi? How do you know “ALL” Punjabis are against Balochistan? They can’t even locate it on a map of Pakistan.

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  • PakPunjabi
    May 17, 2012 - 1:27AM

    @Fatima:
    I am sorry I hurt your feelings….

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  • Daniel Azad
    May 17, 2012 - 3:34AM

    If you do not stop the spread of cancer in the early stage, it will become unstoppable.
    Today if you do not care about the death of innocent Hazaras, tomorrow no one cares about you..

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