Sectarian violence: Three Hazaras killed in Mach district

Published: November 12, 2012

The gunmen, who arrived on a motorcycle, fled the scene immediately after the incident. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: At least three Hazaras were killed and two others injured in yet another incident of sectarian targeted killing in the Mach district of Bolan area in Balochistan on Monday.

According to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kachi Abdul Waheed Shah, unknown armed men riding a motorcycle opened fire on a vegetable shop near Hazara Imam Bargah in main Mach bazaar. As a result, three people died on the spot and two others sustained injures.

The deceased and the injured were taken to Quetta for treatment.

The deceased were identified as Ghulam Ali, Mohammad Ibrahim and Mohammad Ali while the injured were identified as Asad and Taki. All belonged to the Hazara community, the police confirmed.

Soon after the incident, the people of Hazara community came out on the streets and staged a protest. They condemned the killing of Hazaras and chanted slogans against the government and its functionaries.

No group has claimed the responsibility of the killing till the filing of the report.

Meanwhile, a case has been registered against unknown persons and an investigation is underway.

Earlier this month, a Balochistan Levies Force operative was kidnapped near a market in the Mach area and forced him into a vehicle. No group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Syed
    Nov 12, 2012 - 10:15PM

    More Hazara dead. Why don’t they arm themselves and fight back? obviously the government and agencies don’t care and I truly believe agencies are even protecting these Lashkar e jhangvi monsters. Otherwise everyone know its LEJ thats doing it yet they can’t even put their leader behind bars. What a messed up country I am from.

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  • fakruddin
    Nov 12, 2012 - 10:40PM

    @syed rightly said balochis should give a helping hand to their brothers and fight army against this terrorism .

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  • Adil
    Nov 12, 2012 - 11:29PM

    @syed

    Valid point about self-defense; however, its quite difficult for hazaras to arm themselves mainly for logistical reasons.

    Hazara are surrounded on all sides in a very militarised area with few sympathisers. Army is colluding with LeJ, it will do every thing to stop hazaras obtaining arms. FC is under provencial control and is run by raisani for raisani; their idea of maintaining law n order is to suppress protest and descent. Police r incompetent and can’t even protect themselves; so hazaras are basicaly helpless and in a deep hole.

    It is truely ironic and tragic that hazara were until recently the most patriotic pakistanies in all balochistan. The mindset is changing now; perhaps thats the best fight-back

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  • Ya Ali
    Nov 12, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Enough is enough. If Pakistani police and FC cannot protect Hazara and Shi’a community then it is time for Hazara to arm themselves to defend their lives against terrorists and the establishment supporting these terrorists. Hazaras would do wll to seek alliance with secular Baloch nationalists and call on aid from Iran to send weapons to protect Hazara community.

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  • Mohammad Musa
    Nov 13, 2012 - 11:08AM

    If you ask Iran for weapons, it’s like putting yourself into another mess. I’m Hazara and it’s obvious and written history that Hazaras were given the photos of KHOMENI (the deceased Iranian head clergy) not weapons during the war in Afghanistan against Taliban.

    What a pity to seek help from Iran rather than our indigenous local brothers like Pashtoons, Baloch & other communities. We together with sincere co-operation can only eradicate this menace. It’s is crystal clear fact that agencies, army and establishment are protecting these JIhadi Lashkars and have declared them as their assets.

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