Deputy Director Geological Survey of Pakistan killed in sectarian attack: Police

Published: September 26, 2012

Naqvi, a member of the Shia community, was gunned down outside his office in Quetta, the Balochistan capital, Mohammed Ayaz, a senior police official, told AFP. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Gunmen shot dead a senior official of the Geological Survey of Pakistan on Wednesday in an apparent sectarian attack in the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, police said.

Mohsin Ali Naqvi, a member of the Shia community, was gunned down outside his office in Quetta, the Balochistan capital, Mohammed Ayaz, a senior police official, told AFP.

The province, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is plagued by sectarian violence between Shias and majority Sunnis, as well as Taliban attacks and a separatist insurgency.

“We are investigating the crime but it seems a case of sectarian killing. There is a wave of sectarian killing in the country and this is part of that,” Ayaz said.

Another official who is in charge of the local police station said the gunmen were waiting for Naqvi, a deputy director of the Survey, at the main gate of his office.

“Two gunmen were waiting for him at the main gate of his office. They fired bullets at him from close range and escaped,” said Noor Bukhsh. “His family said they had no feud with anybody and Naqvi was killed because he was Shia.”

Sectarian violence involving Sunni and Shia Muslims, who account for around 20 percent of the 167 million population, has killed more than 4,000 people since the late 1990s.

Last month a Shia judge was shot dead in Quetta along with his driver and police bodyguard.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • R2D2
    Sep 26, 2012 - 12:47PM

    lets ask the world to have a law to try countries that have these kind of crimes on a daily basis


  • Faiza Hassan
    Sep 26, 2012 - 1:23PM

    and this nation protest in the name Prophet (PBUH)


  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 26, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Is there writ of the government in Baluchistan?.
    When will this senseless killing stop.Recommend

  • Abuturab
    Sep 26, 2012 - 1:44PM

    the barbarity continues


  • Raza Khan
    Sep 26, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Sad & very depressing! Country dis-integrating right in front of our eyes & everybody is in self denial.Recommend

  • mahmood
    Sep 26, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Thank you Zia ul Haq. I hope you are happy when you see the Pakistan you created. How is the air conditioning working there?


  • Sibtain Ahmed
    Sep 26, 2012 - 2:52PM

    The genocide continuesRecommend

  • Wellwisher
    Sep 26, 2012 - 3:12PM

    They should move out of this country and seek asylum in others!Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Sep 26, 2012 - 3:36PM

    and the judiciary allows terrorists to walk scot free from the courts. This could be called judicial terrorism.


  • Poleturtle
    Sep 26, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Inquiries cannot solve the moral problems of this Nation. The nation is controlled by Bearded Beasts who strike terror into the hearts of the Government, The Army, The Police and the general public !
    RIP Pakistan !!


  • Young
    Sep 26, 2012 - 4:23PM

    Please use the correct language. It is not a war between Shias and Sunnis. It is war of militants against Shias. Militants are killing Shias. Shias are at the receiving end and the state is in no mood of protecting them.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Sep 26, 2012 - 4:38PM

    If we have a Judiciary which for fear or favour, let the terrorists free, Today they are supported by the international forums and the delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances was there to support these terrorists. It is a catch 22 position.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 26, 2012 - 4:45PM


    Thank you Zia ul Haq. I hope you are
    happy when you see the Pakistan you

    Please give credit where it’s due. Thank Jinnah and Bhutto too.


  • Sep 26, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Will the government make serious efforts to control the monster of sectarian hatred or leave the country plunge into anarchy.Recommend

  • FJ
    Sep 26, 2012 - 6:40PM

    It is not a sectarian violence, it is a Shia Genocide!!!!!


  • Sep 26, 2012 - 6:49PM

    Sectarian killings have become a profession. Government takes share of it; GulfAid :(


  • sidra
    Sep 26, 2012 - 10:37PM

    Well guy .. Let me try to throw some light here.. Now FC has got police powers in Balochistan and they can use these powers to go after the miscreants BUT they do not seem interested in capturing Hazara or shia community killers .. and they don’t know and want to know who is doing it but they know all Baloch separatists groups .. It seems FC is not doing operations across the board and this is the main reason for bloodshed and lawlessness in the province. This institution must do its job properly or it should be sent back to barracks and kilelrs of missing people should be brought to justice… If u know what i meanRecommend

  • Imran Hussain
    Sep 27, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Failed institutions of a failing state.


  • ehsan
    Sep 27, 2012 - 1:03AM

    quetta looks like terrorist’s headquarters. There is no govt: in qta, no future 4 citizens..if these r not stopped! Balochistan province will burn in a very big fire…Recommend

  • Khalid Pathan
    Sep 27, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Jinnah’s Pakistan is dying and being replaced by Zia’s Pakistan. Both of them created in the name of Islam. In 1947 Jinnah created Pakistan with a vision of Islam which will be progressive, liberal and inclusive of Muslims as well as Non Muslims as citizens with equal rights. Gen Zia gave a new birth to Pakistan armed with salafi Islam, where not only non Muslims but Shiaets have no place.


  • Abdul Wahab Kanrani
    Sep 27, 2012 - 9:35AM

    It is very easy to Declare any situation as ” Secteraian killing” But who will arrest the killers. It creates so many questions in the Mind … For example
    Who are Killers ?
    If they Know such Sect , Why are not they Arrested ?
    If arrested ? How Many of Them Convicted ?
    Where is the Entire Police and Agencies , When Such type of Muder,s Or Killing of Innocent People Occurs ?
    And How about the FC , Who is Deployed after 200 Metrs .
    Such type of Killing, is the Killing of Entire Humen Beings , Why the Ulma , Mufti,s Do not Declare these things Forbidden/Haram.
    Being a son of this land , I worry about the Security Situation of the Province . and what is lesson we are giving to our new generation .

    All the Muslims , whether Shia or Sunni are Brothers , and son of Hazarat Adam , we may realise our obligations towards almighty Allah .
    The person who is being killed , is a muslim are killed by a muslim. how stange ……,


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