Sectarian strife: Three Hazaras killed in Quetta

Published: November 7, 2012

Pakhtun tribesman dies after angry protesters open fire. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: 

Even as the stand-off between the government and the judiciary continues over the flagrant abuse of rights in Balochistan, four people were killed in sectarian violence on Tuesday.

Three members of the Hazara community were gunned down while two others sustained injuries when assailants on a motorcycle opened fire on a yellow taxi cab on Spinny Road in the provincial capital on Tuesday.

The victims were on their way to Hazara Town when the cab they were travelling in was attacked. Three people died on the spot, while the injured were rushed to Bolan Medical College Teaching Hospital, DIG Police Hamid Shakeel told The Express Tribune.

“The attackers were wearing masks to hide their identities,” said Jamaluddin, a constable at the Saddar police station.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Zaman, Rehman Ali and Mohammad Essa.

Law enforcement agencies said heavy contingents of the police and Frontier Corps rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area to prevent any ensuing violence. However, a pedestrian lost his life in another part of the city when angry protesters fired gun shots in retaliation.

A large number of persons belonging to the Hazara community burnt tyres on Brewery Road and blocked incoming traffic. Some angry protesters also donning masks opened indiscriminate fire.

As a result, two men were injured. One of the casualties, identified as a member of the Tareen tribe of Pakhtuns, succumbed to his wounds on the way to hospital.

Shaista Khan’s death triggered a domino effect when Tareen tribesmen blocked Jinnah Road in protest.

The Hazara Democratic Party condemned the murder of its community members.

While banned militant outfits often claim responsibility for such sectarian killings, no group had done so till the filing of this report.

The Supreme Court has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction over the law and order situation of Balochistan, blaming the provincial government for its ‘failure’.

The federal government, however, sees the court’s interest as an infringement of the president and parliament’s mandate. In its written reply submitted to the apex court last week, the government blamed insurgent elements for the prevailing lawlessness.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 7th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Hammad
    Nov 7, 2012 - 2:08PM

    What Taliban did in Afghanistan, they are now doing in Pakistan.

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  • M Ali Khan
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:09PM

    I may be going against the norm here, but the killings in Quetta have a direct relation with what is happening in Karachi.

    Over the last 2 years or so we have seen a gradual killing of ASWJ-LeJ operatives across Karachi on an almost DAILY basis, and they have reacted to attack the easily identifiable Shia Hazaras of Quetta in retaliation. The recent killings of Hazaras in Quetta this past comes exactly a day after a number of ASWJ boys were killed in Karachi in the past week,

    The ASWJ-LeJ purging from Karachi has seen a number of running away to southern punjab and Balochistan where they take out their frustrations on the Hazaras and other Shias of Balochistan.

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  • ahmed41
    Nov 7, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Why are the HAZARA people targeted ? I see no political gain in this.

    The lives of all citizens is a priority.

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  • Ali Mardan
    Nov 8, 2012 - 8:23AM

    An other cowardly attack on innocent Hazara tribesmen. There is no Government, law enforcing agencies are just like a spectator watching the attrocities and letting make it happens. Killing of innocent shia members in presence of a so called democratic Government will have deep impact on Pakistani society in long run.

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 9, 2012 - 4:58PM

    The PPP govt has miserably failed in Karachi & Balochistan!
    These 2 govts should be dismissed and Military operation should be launched to restore peace & stability!

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  • AZAD
    Nov 10, 2012 - 3:55AM

    Every Hazara dies other pakistanis should mourn with them. Every Pakistanis should feel for each other. Thats how should fellow country man should be like.

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